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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74-78

Cutaneous manifestations of coronavirus disease in Turkey: A prospective study

Department of Dermatology, Golcuk Public Hospital, Kocaeli, Turkey

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Dr. Yeniay Yildiray
Department of Dermatology, Golcuk Public Hospital, Kocael
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ds.ds_17_21

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Background: Although the clinical features of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection are mainly based on respiratory system symptoms, different types of skin manifestations have been described in the literature. Objectives: We investigated COVID-19 cases in Kocaeli, Turkey, in a period of 3 months to identify and figure out the real burden of skin lesions associated with COVID-19 infection. Methods: A total of 266 patients who had positive results on reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction analysis of nasopharyngeal swab for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus type 2 between March 2020 and June 2020 at our region were investigated for the study. Results: A total of 266 patients was included in this study, 92 (34.6%) patients were male and 174 (65.4%) were female. The mean ± standard deviation age of the patients was 49.2 ± 18.69 (range: 18–96 years). During clinical examination, 5 (1.9%) patients demonstrated skin lesions that might be associated with COVID-19 infection. These lesions consisted of urticaria in three patients and vesicular eruption in two patients. Conclusion: Although the incidence of cutaneous manifestations was lower than expected, these symptoms are valuable clues to identify patients or asymptomatic individuals in high-risk populations. Further prospective studies in larger populations are needed to better define the real cutaneous aspect of the disease.

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