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Use of terbinafine for tinea in Australian Aboriginal communities in the Top End.

Koh, Karen J., Parker, Colin J., Ellis, David H., Pruim, Bert, Leysley, Loyla and Currie, Bart J. (2003). Use of terbinafine for tinea in Australian Aboriginal communities in the Top End.. Australasian journal of dermatology,44(4):243-249.

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Title Use of terbinafine for tinea in Australian Aboriginal communities in the Top End.
Author Koh, Karen J.
Parker, Colin J.
Ellis, David H.
Pruim, Bert
Leysley, Loyla
Currie, Bart J.
Journal Name Australasian journal of dermatology
Publication Date 2003
Volume Number 44
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1440-0960   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 243
End Page 249
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Victoria
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Field of Research 1103 - Clinical Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Tinea of the skin and nails is a common problem in remote Aboriginal communities of the Top End of Australia.A retrospective study was performed on data collected from 104 patients from several indigenous communities. Worsheets were filled in by district medical officers and rural practitioners, detailing the extent of the tinea.Patient were prescribed between 4 and 12 weeks of 250 mg daily oral terbinafine.Fifty-twopatient were followed up, with 45having a good response to treament (87%) and with 22 of these patients having full clearance of tinea (42%).A prospective study with 44 subjects was performed. The extent of the tinea was documented and fungal scrapings/clippings were taken. Forty subjects were recruited and given oral terbinafine (2-12 weeks depending on skin/nail involvement) or tropical terbinafine if oral treatment was contraidicated. Twenty-five of the 40 (63%) subjects were reviewed. Twenty-three (92%) subjects that were followed up improved clinically, with 8/25 (32%) clearing completely. Twenty (80%) of followed-up patients complied fully with treatment. Terbinafine was found to be a well-tolerated and effective treatment of tinea of the skin and nails.
Keywords Aboriginal
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