Six area, six sign atopic dermatitis (SASSAD) severity score: a simple system for monitoring disease activity in atopic dermatitis

Br J Dermatol. 1996 Sep;135 Suppl 48:25-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1996.tb00706.x.


The Six Area, Six Sign Atopic Dermatitis severity score has proved to be a simple and effective system for recording and monitoring disease activity in atopic dermatitis. The score is obtained by grading six signs (erythema, exudation, excoriation, dryness, cracking and lichenification), each on a scale of () (absent), 1 (mild), 2 (moderate), or 3 (severe), at each of six sites; arms, hands, legs, feet, head and neck, trunk. The maximum score is 108.

MeSH terms

  • Dermatitis, Atopic / complications
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / pathology*
  • Erythema / etiology
  • Exudates and Transudates
  • Humans
  • Lichenoid Eruptions / etiology
  • Medical Records
  • Severity of Illness Index*