Rima Aboukheir completed her dermatology residency training in University of Aleppo (1990) and has been practicing in Saudi Arabia since 1994. She is currently working in Kingdom Hospital, one of the leading hospital in Saudi Arabia.
Teledermatology, which is the use of technology for an expanded access to patient data in order to achieve patient care over distance, has been subjected to extensive research in the current decade. Literature has reported many advantages of using teledermatology, including reduced waiting time and costs on patients. Smartphones have been increasingly accessible and affordable for the majority of patients and doctors; thus, this brought up what is called Patient-Assisted Mobile Teledermatology.This is a cross-sectional survey-based study that is conducted in both governmental and private hospitals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This study addresses dermatologists’ perspective about the implementation of a Patient-Assisted Mobile Teledermatology program in Saudi Arabia. In addition to evaluating advantages and disadvantages for implementing a Patient-Assisted Mobile Teledermatology program in Saudi Arabia. Preliminary results after interviewing 20 dermatologists showed that 60% of them are aware about the concept of teledermatology. 25% are willing to use teledermatology services if offered in the future. However, 70% of the dermatologists reported that they will not use Teledermatology for establishing primary diagnoses and prefer to keep it for follow up of previously diagnosed diseases.Teledermatology is an evolving field, which if invested and used appropriately, will certainly drastically amend the care provided to patients by providing an ongoing mean of contact between the physician and the patient and by saving time for physicians and hence providing more time for new consultation.
Introduction: Oculocutaneous albinism is a hereditary condition that is transmitted in the autosomal recessive mode. This anomaly is due to a deficit or an absence of tyrosinase activity. Dermatological manifestations are frequently observed in this disease. Their precise identification is the guarantee of adequate care. Goal. To describe the epidemiological and histopathological features of the dermatological manifestations of albinos in the city-province of Kinshasa. Methods: Cross-sectional study reporting data collected from 200 subjects of albino phenotype admitted to Kinshasa University Clinics and Parish Hall "Fatima" of Lingwala, during the period from 1st January to 1st August 2012.The parameters of interest were age, sex, occupation, marital status, clinical and histological diagnosis. Results: The majority of our subjects (74.5%) were under 30 years old, with a F / H sex ratio of 1.08. The subjects came mainly from the provinces of Kasai Oriental (28.3%), Bandundu ( 25.7%) and Bas-Congo (22.7%), with almost 1 in 2 (41.5%) singles. Actinic keratosis (32%) was the most common clinical lesion and squamous cell carcinoma (33.5%), the most commonly described histological type. Conclusion: The clinical and histological profile of albinism in our environment justifies the intensification of campaigns on behavioral and preventive measures against the development of cutaneous cancers.