The pattern of skin disease in Dar es Salaam dispensaries.

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University of Dar es Salaam
570 skin patients were seen in three Dar es Salaam dispensaries between June and July1976. A thorough history was taken and complete body examination was carried out, a clinical impression made and specimens taken for mycological, bacteriological and histololgical investigations. The majority of patients suffered from lacute infective conditions, superficial fungal infections occurred in 49.3% of patients, with Tines cruris as the commonest infection. Scabies occurred in 20% of patients and pyoderma in 12% Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Trichophyton rubrum and Candida species were the commonest is olates from fungal infection and Staphylococeus aureus and B- hemolytic streptococci were isolated from p. yoderma lesons. There were no facilities for isolation of carynebaterium diptheriae. Eczema, lichen planus, psoriasis and leprosy were some of the chronic conditions commonly seen. Among the uncommon conditions include under “others” were vitiligo viral warts, pellagra and secondary syphilis. Some of the factors affecting the disease picture in white and black skinned race are analysed and the problems facing dermatologic services in Tanzania reviewed.
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Skin diseases, Communicable diseases, Dermatology
Mwanukuzi, E. (1977). The pattern of skin disease in Dar es Salaam dispensaries. Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at (