dermatology; psoriasis; psoriasis/diagnosis; psoriasis/ethnology; plaque psoriasis; skin pigmentation; skin of color; papulosquamous skin diseases; Fitzpatrick skin types




Recent studies estimate that more than 8 million Americans have psoriasis. The prevalence of psoriasis in African Americans is 1.5% compared to 3.6% of Caucasians. Psoriasis is likely to be underdiagnosed among African Americans and other individuals with darker pigmented skin due to variations in clinical presentation in addition to disease distribution and severity. We present images of psoriasis vulgaris in a variety of Fitzpatrick skin types. Differences in the biology of skin pigmentation may explain the clinical masking of erythema in darker-skinned individuals. Recognition of this important difference will help clinicians utilize additional clues to identify and diagnose this entity correctly.

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