Atonic signs and symptoms: Assessing the `atopy score' concept

Autor(en): Uter, W
Schwanitz, HJ
Pfahlberg, A
Gefeller, O
Stichwörter: atopic dermatitis; atopy; DERMATITIS; Dermatology; diagnosis; DIAGNOSTIC-CRITERIA; epidemiology; TESTS; VALIDATION
Erscheinungsdatum: 2001
Herausgeber: KARGER
Volumen: 202
Ausgabe: 1
Startseite: 4
Seitenende: 8
Background: Score concepts have been suggested for the standardised diagnosis of atopic dermatitis, incorporating various anamnestic and clinical minor criteria of atopy, including the `Erlangen Score', developed in the hospital-based setting of a dermatitis clinic. Objective: To evaluate the properties of this score in the context of a population-based epidemiological study. Methods: The association between relevant atopic criteria and previous or current flexural eczema was evaluated in 2,352 hairdressing apprentices. Results: The association was not as strong as in the patient-based studies, comparing the respective odds ratios. Accordingly, the discriminating power of the Erlangen Score was poor, resulting in low sensitivity (55.7%) and specificity (73.8%) for, e.g., 8 points as cutpoint. Conclusion: While the score appears useful to summarise minor criteria, the individual relevance of its point values should not be overestimated in view of a low positive predictive value in a population (compared to a clinical) setting. Copyright (C) 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel.
ISSN: 10188665
DOI: 10.1159/000051576

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