May 2018

Volume 27, Number 1

Official Publication of the Philippine Dermatological Society
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Editorial

JPDS online: what are the advantages?

In this day and age, information is power and a physician can empower himself with digital information obtained from academic journals. When given a task to prepare a lecture, write a case report, and review current literature for a research assignment, one can easily access credible information from academic journals and databases. The “old school” style of spending the whole day at the library to retrieve valuable scientific information from print copies, has now been replaced by the convenience of a laptop, a tablet, a smart phone, and an internet connection.

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Let's Hear From a Colleague

Updates on Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Philippines

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a public health problem worldwide. Hence in 2011, the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) started to take the initiative to document STI cases in all its institutions.
One major barrier to STI prevention and control is the stigma associated with STIs. STI counselling in primary care can help encourage patients to undergo STI testing, treatment and partner referral. HIV
In 2017, the Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific.

ABC’S (Application of Basic Concepts) in Dermatology Research

Writing results in a clinical trial report

During the course of a clinical trial, large amounts of data are usually collected at different time points (i.e. at baseline and during follow-up visits). This results in the possibility of multiple statistical tests and various ways that the results can be reported. Some authors would naturally hope to show ‘interesting’ data, and this can lead to a tendency to hype the results. This must be resisted. It is of the utmost importance to report a balanced view of the results. This is why it is essential, before a trial starts, to have a protocol that states the primary and secondary endpoints and includes a pre-specified analysis plan.

Clinical Trials

Observational Studies

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Case Reports

Unusual presentation of erythema elevatum diutinum mimicking a giant wart on the heels of a Filipino male : a case report

Unusual presentation of erythema elevatum diutinum mimicking a giant wart on the heels of a Filipino male : a case report

Erythema elevatum diutinum (EED) is a rare condition believed to be a form of chronic recurrent leukocytoclastic vasculitis possibly secondary to vascular immune complex deposition. The disease is characterized by symmetrical, red, brownish-purple, and yellow papules, plaques, and nodules distributed mainly over the extensor surfaces of the extremities. We report a 61-year-old male with an atypical presentation of such disease as a giant warty lesion on the heels. Histologically, a spectrum from leukocytoclastic vasculitis to vessel occlusion and dermal fibrosis is seen in EED.

Tropical Grove

Mistaken identity: Eumycetoma Masquerading as Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Mistaken identity: Eumycetoma Masquerading as Squamous Cell Carcinoma

We report a case of eumycetoma in a Filipino patient who presented with a solitary reddish brown, moist, multinodular tumor on the dorsum of the left foot of 2 years duration. Biopsy with Periodic acid Schiff (PAS) & Gomori methenamine silver (GMS) staining, fungal culture, ultrasound and X-ray of the foot were done in our institution which confirmed the diagnosis of eumycetoma. The patient was successfully treated with itraconazole 400/day for 3 months, followed by 200mg/day for the succeeding 9 months, leading to complete resolution of the lesion leaving an atrophic hypopigmented scar. A high index of suspicion supported by diagnostic tests aided in the early detection of the disease which also resulted to complete resolution of the disease.

What Lies Beneath

Current Evidence

Special Articles

Clinician’s handbook in Dermatology 1st edition

Clinician’s handbook in Dermatology 1st edition

The Clinician’s Handbook in Dermatology is a comprehensive compilation of subjects that tackles the basic principles of Dermatology, and features an excellent roster of authors who dealt with topics on clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic and procedural dermatology.

Melasma and Vitiligo in Brown Skin

Melasma and Vitiligo in Brown Skin

The book was divided into 4 parts, the basics of brown skin, melasma in brown skin, vitiligo in brown skin, and finally other management options available for both conditions. It has a total of 33 chapters, each of which was equipped with clear photos and well-illustrated tables. It is an excellent well-written comprehensive textbook that is well-referenced and is highly recommended for all clinicians.

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