Introduction: Morphea is an uncommon disease that presents with skin induration and
sclerosis. The disease is common in Caucasians and there are few studies describing the clinicoepidemiological
profile of these patients from the Indian subcontinent.
Methods: This prospective study was conducted during a three year period from June 2014 to May
2017. All patients of morphea presenting to the dermatology outpatient department were evaluated
for parameters like age, sex, duration, age of onset, clinical subtype and possible disease associations
and triggering factors. The data was analysed, tabulated and mean, standard deviation and
Results: 47 patients were incorporated into the study. These comprised of 10 (21.28%) males and
37 (78.72%) females. The average age of the patients was 23.92 ± 12.07 years with a mean age of
onset being 22.13 ± 12.51 years. 22 (46.80%) patients presented within one year of onset of disease.
Plaque morphea was the commonest type seen in 31 (65.96%) patients followed by linear
morphea in 9 (19.15%) patients. We found preceding trauma in 3 patients and morphea developed
following herpes zoster and intramuscular injection in one patient each.
Conclusion: Morphea is an uncommon disease that is seen predominantly in females and young
individuals. Circumscribed plaque morphea is the commonest variant. Certain predisposing factors
like trauma can precede it.