Depression in patients with fungal infection in tertiary care hospital


  • Muhammad Irfan Khan
  • Mehwash Kashif Karachi Medical and Dental College
  • Javed Iqbal
  • Minah Aslam
  • Huma Waseem
  • Rafia Mubbashir
  • Syeda Javeria Mehak
  • Rija Sirajuddin
  • Javeria Khalid


Objective To document the incidence of depression in patients who have fungal infections in tertiary care hospitals of Karachi. Design Cross sectional study. Settings Tertiary general hospital. Methods The study was initiated in the dermatology outpati


Objective To document the incidence of depression in patients who have fungal infections in tertiary care hospitals of Karachi. Design Cross sectional study. Settings Tertiary general hospital. Methods The study was initiated in the dermatology outpatient department of a tertiary general hospital after committee permission from November 2017 to April 2018. In this study the patients were recruited through convenience sampling and the inclusion criteria was patients diagnosed as having cutaneous and/or mucosal fungal infection by the consultant dermatologist after clinical evaluation and skin/mucosal biopsy with a confirmation of the same on histological report. Patients not willing to participate in the study were excluded. All the patients were informed about the nature of study and its applications and verbal informed consent was obtained from patients who were willing to participate in the study. Data collection was done in 350 patients having fungal infections out of which 219 have contagious fungal infections. Results Total 62.57% patients had contagious fungal infections, 36.57% had depression, 40.28% patients had altered social behavior, 14.28% were associated with comorbids, 20% were on medicine and 41.14% patients had previous fungal infections. Conclusion This study showed that cutaneous and mucocutaneous fungal infections affects the quality of life of people, their social and professional life. 

Author Biography

Mehwash Kashif, Karachi Medical and Dental College

Associate professor, dept of oral pathology


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