Content » Vol 74, Issue 2

Clinical Report

Infra-auricular fissures in atopic dermatitis.

Tada J, Toi Y, Akiyama H, Arata J
DOI: 10.2340/0001555574129131


Retro-auricular or auricular dermatitis in atopic dermatitis (AD) is common and important for the diagnosis of AD in infancy and even in adulthood. Particularly, "infra-auricular fissures", acute eczematous changes like fissures at the adhesive junction of ear lobes, seem to be prominent features for the diagnosis of AD. Of 137 patients with AD, 81.8% showed present or past existence of infra-auricular fissures, but only one of the 30 controls. Of the 46 patients with severe AD, 98% had infra-auricular fissures, compared to 74% in those with moderate and mild AD. Our findings suggest that infra-auricular fissures are important for the diagnosis of AD and should be cited in a list of criteria for the diagnosis of AD.


Supplementary content


Not logged in! You need to login/create an account to comment on articles. Click here to login/create an account.