Childhood stye and adult rosacea

Joel T.M. Bamford, Charles E. Gessert, Colleen M. Renier, Megan M. Jackson, Susan B. Laabs, Mark V. Dahl, Roy S. Rogers

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Background: Little is known about how individuals with a predisposition for rosacea appear in childhood. This retrospective, matched control, longitudinal study examined the relationship between childhood stye and adult rosacea. Methods: The records of the Rochester Epidemiology Project were examined to identify patients who received care for stye or blepharitis between ages 2 and 17 years, and received care for any cause at age 40 years or older. Patients were matched by group to control subjects (1:2). Results: Patients with stye during childhood (N = 201) had a higher prevalence of adult rosacea than did control subjects (5.5% vs 1.5%, P = .01). Patients who had other childhood eye conditions without stye (N = 504) were not at higher risk. Limitations: The study population included few minority patients. Conclusions: The association between childhood stye and adult rosacea appears to be significant and should be examined further. Rosacea prevalence in adults may be lower (2.1%) than previously reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-955
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2006

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Supported by a grant from the St Mary's Duluth Clinic Research Committee.


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