Atopic dermatitis is common and in its severe form is devastating. This chronic inflammatory dermatosis is part of the atopic syndrome, which includes asthma, food allergies, and hay fever and is known to be associated with mental health disorders. In line with psoriasis, several recent observational studies using national survey and linkage data have suggested a link between atopic dermatitis and cardiovascular disease. The atopic dermatitis field can benefit from the past experiences in psoriasis research and should not follow the same path, but, rather, aim for a more comprehensive approach from the beginning. A recent German consortium studying links between atopic dermatitis and cardiovascular disease first screened a large claims database, followed by analyses of more deeply phenotyped (birth) cohorts with longitudinal data. In addition, genetic and metabolic analyses assessing the predisposition of patients with atopic dermatitis for cardiovascular disease were performed. Overall, the association between atopic dermatitis and cardiovascular disease was at most modest, but in more refined cohorts the cardiovascular risk profile and genetic architecture was comparable. A more integrated approach could create clarity about the clinical relevance of cardiovascular disease in individuals with atopic dermatitis sooner, avoid speculation that affects patient care, and save scientific resources.

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Journal The Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Refers to: Association of Atopic Dermatitis with Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Diseases (Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Volume 137, Issue 5, May 2017, Pages 1074-1081)

Nijsten, T.E.C. (2017). Atopic Dermatitis and Comorbidities: Added Value of Comprehensive Dermatoepidemiology. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology (Vol. 137, pp. 1009–1011). doi:10.1016/j.jid.2017.02.003