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Is Acne a Skin Disease Affecting the Brain Functions? Neurocognition in Patients With Acne Vulgaris

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01931774
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 29, 2013
Last Update Posted : August 29, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Erdem Deveci, Bezmialem Vakif University

Brief Summary:

Acne vulgaris usually causes psychological distress, depression, and anxiety disorders that may impair neurocognitive functions such as memory, attention, psychomotor speed, and executive functions, which are also common psychiatric disorders in patients with acne.

The purpose of this study is to determine cognitive functioning in treatment naive acne patients, without a history of any psychiatric disorder.

Condition or disease
Acne Vulgaris

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 66 participants
Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Is Acne a Skin Disease Affecting the Brain Functions? Neurocognition in Patients With Acne Vulgaris
Study Start Date : April 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2013

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Acne Patients
Control Subjects
From General Population

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Cognitive functions [ Time Frame: baseline ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. anxiety [ Time Frame: baseline ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. depression [ Time Frame: baseline ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Acne patients referred to the dermatology outpatient clinic of our university and healthy controls matched with the patient group for age, gender and years of education. Controls will be taken from the general population

Inclusion Criteria:


Exclusion Criteria:

The participants that had a symptom or a history of mental retardation (IQ < 70), serious head trauma, seizures or any other mental disorder, and participants on any medical treatment will be excluded. Participants with a family history (first degree relatives) of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder will also be excluded to avoid the negative effect of these disorders on cognitive functions. The same exclusion criteria will also be applied to the control group.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01931774

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Bezmialem Vakif University Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey, 34093
Sponsors and Collaborators
Bezmialem Vakif University
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Principal Investigator: Erdem Deveci, Ass.Prof. Bezmialem Vakif University

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Responsible Party: Erdem Deveci, Ass.Prof., Bezmialem Vakif University Identifier: NCT01931774     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Etik Kurul Karar No:36/14
First Posted: August 29, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 29, 2013
Last Verified: August 2013
Keywords provided by Erdem Deveci, Bezmialem Vakif University:
acne vulgaris cognitive functions
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Acne Vulgaris
Skin Diseases
Acneiform Eruptions
Sebaceous Gland Diseases