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Diagnosis and Prognosis

Pugliarello S, Cozzi A, Gisondi P et al. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges 2011;9:12–20.

Atopic dermatitis is a common disease that can be caused by a number of factors. Here, the authors give an overview of the various phenotypes of atopic dermatitis that can manifest.


This is a review article that describes the clinical phenotypes of atopic dermatitis (i.e. the most common morphological and topographical variants). Although patients with atopic dermatitis generally present with monotonous eczema that is localized at skin folds, it may also present differently and in a heterogeneous way. This clinical heterogeneity has important implications in disease recognition, treatment, and prognosis. The most common atopic dermatitis phenotype classifications include the following:

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