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West Indian med. j ; 38(Suppl. 1): 42, April 1989.
Artigo em Inglês | MedCarib | ID: med-5670


Twenty patients who presented clinically with either macular or lichen amyloidosis at clinics at the Port of Spain General Hospital or the St. Joseph Health Centre had skin biopsies done. Two control groups of male and female patients were randomly selected. They presented with other unrelated skin conditions and either used coconut oil only occasionally or used other types of oil. Skin biopsies were stained with haematoxylin and eosin and congo red/methyl violet. The study group were all female Indo-Trinidadians who had daily applied coconut oil to the arms, legs and hair for an average period of 31 years (range 4 months - 40 years). In 15 patients, there was histological confirmation of amyloid. Seven patients had at least 1 family member with a similar skin condition. Papular and macular skin lesions were seen on the anterior aspect of the leg and the extensor aspect of the arm and scapular region. It is proposed that the common practice among female Indo-Trinidadians of daily application of coconut oil to arms, legs and hair is a risk factor in the development of primary cutaneous amyloidosis and that genetic and familial factors are also involved in this condition (AU)

Humanos , Amiloidose , Óleos , Dermatopatias , Biópsia , Trinidad e Tobago