Dermatological Anal Diseases

  • M. Harms


Numerous cutaneous diseases (Table 22.1) are localized in the perianal and perineal area. This may be partly explained by the fact that many external irritative and infectious factors increase the probability of dermatosis becoming established in this intertriginous area. Other dermatoses are very often situated in this region for unknown reasons, and finally dermatoses may be localized in the perianal area by chance. This last group will not be discussed here. Differential diagnosis is made difficult by the great number of diseases and their similarity in appearance, as external factors may transform the characteristic signs of many of them. However, only an exact diagnosis allows the correct treatment to be chosen and avoids the use of combined topical treatments that are often responsible for chronic diseases. Table 22.2 should be used for differential diagnosis.


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