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Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 750908, 4 pages
Is There an Association between Keloids and Blood Groups?
1Department of Dermatology, Teaching Hospital of Tokoin, University of Lomé, 08 BP 80598, Lomé, Togo
2Department of Anesthesiology, Teaching Hospital of Tokoin, University of Lomé, 08 BP 80598, Lomé, Togo
Received 19 October 2012; Accepted 8 November 2012
Academic Editors: E. Pasmatzi and P. D. Shenefelt
Copyright © 2012 Abas Mouhari-Toure et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objective. The aim of the study is to investigate the possible associations between the blood groups ABO and Rhesus systems and the presence of keloids in patients with black skin. Method. This case-control study was conducted between September 2007 and August 2011 comparing dermatologic outpatients with keloids to matched controls recruited in preanesthetic consultation at Tokoin Teaching Hospital of Lomé (Togo). Results. The distribution of different ABO blood groups and Rhesus blood groups in both groups (cases versus controls) was not significantly different. This distribution of different blood groups was superimposed on the general population of blood donors at the National Blood Transfusion Center of Lomé. Univariate analysis between each blood group and the presence of keloid does not yield any statistically significant association between blood groups and presence of keloids in the subjects. Conclusion. The study shows no significant association between blood groups and the presence of keloids in our patients. Further investigation needs to be conducted to elucidate this hypothesis further by conducting multicenter studies of several ethnic groups.