Papers of The 6th Japan Scar Workshop

15. Study on Age at Onset of Keloids

Mamiko Tosa1, Masahiro Murakami1, Hiko Hyakusoku2
1:Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Nippon Medical School Musashi-kosugi Hospital, Kawasaki, Japan
2:Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Nippon Medical School Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

Background and Aim: Treatment and management of keloids at onset or an early stage is very important, since keloids increase in size gradually if not treated. Unfortunately, very few patients actually seek early therapy. To understand the early treatment of keloids and determine the time point at which screening for keloids should be performed, we analyzed age at onset of keloids.
Methods: The subjects were patients with keloids that had received therapy at our plastic surgery department from 2008 to 2010. We reviewed the medical records of the patients and collected information on age at onset of the keloid and the screening point which was deemed useful in early treatment.
Results: The youngest age at which keloids developed was 4 years, and the oldest age was 67 years. The most common age for the development of keloids was 20 years.
Conclusion: Early treatment of keloids could be realized if a system for screening of keloids before the age of 20 years is established.
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