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Introduction
Giusto Trevisan, Franco Kokelj A1Institute of Dermatology, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
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Page: 4
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Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Randomized, Right-left Study Comparing Calcipotriol Monotherapy with a Combined Treatment of Calcipotriol and Diflucortolone Valerate in Chronic Plaque Psoriasis
W. Salmhofer, H. Maier, H. P. Soyer, H. Hönigsmann, S. Hödl A1
A double-blind, randomized clinical study was conducted to compare the efficacy and tolerability of twice-daily topical calcipotriol treatment with a combination treatment of calcipotriol once a day in the morning and diflucortolone valerate in the evening. Sixty-three patients with a clinical diagnosis of chronic plaque psoriasis and comparable psoriatic lesions on both sides of the body were in ...
Pages: 5-8
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Scanning Electron Microscopy Study of Hair Shaft Disorders in Psoriasis
C. Plozzer, C. Coletti, F. Kokelj, G. Trevisan A1Institute of Dermatology, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Studies on scalp hair from psoriatic lesions have revealed marked irregularities in the cuticular pattern. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence of hair shaft disorders in psoriatic patients and to evaluate the possibility of a correlation with scalp involvement. We examined hair from 39 psoriatic patients using scanning electron microscopy and compared it with hair from a contro ...
Pages: 9-11
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Analysis of HLA Antigens in Croatian Patients with Psoriasis
Marija Kastelan, Franjo Gruber, Esma Cecuk, Vesna Kerhin-Brkljaci', Ljerka Brkljaci'-Surkalovi', Andrija Kastelan
In common with most autoimmune diseases, psoriasis is associated with some HLA antigens. We studied the distribution of HLA antigens in Croatian patients with psoriasis: 108 patients were divided into groups according to family history and age of disease onset. HLA antigens were analyzed serologically and HLA-C alleles were analyzed using polymerase chain reaction. We found significant increases ...
Pages: 12-13
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Assessment of Perforin Expression in Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes in Psoriatic Patients During Exacerbation of Disease
Larisa Prpi', Natasa Strbo, Vlatka Sotosek, Franjo Gruber, Eckhard R. Podack, Daniel Rukavina
There are very few data concerning the role played by cellmediated cytotoxicity, particularly at the molecular level, in the course of psoriasis. Both cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and natural killer cells contain in their granules the cytolytic protein perforin, a mediator in cell-mediated cytotoxicity reactions. The aim of this study was to analyze perforin expression in various sets and subset ...
Pages: 14-16
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Subclinical Microbial Infection in Patients with Chronic Plaque Psoriasis
I. Bartenjev, M. Rogl Butina, M. Potocnik A1Department of Dermatovenereology, University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Epidemiological evidence implicates bacterial infection as a common triggering stimulus for psoriasis. Recent studies suggest that continuing, subclinical streptococcal and staphylococcal infections might be responsible not only for relapse of acute guttate psoriasis but also for a new episode of chronic plaque psoriasis.In this study 195 patients suffering from a severe form of chronic plaque ps ...
Pages: 17-18
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Atopy and Contact Sensitization in Psoriasis
Paolo D. Pigatto
The allergen-specific IgE antibody was determined in 20 men and 120 women with psoriasis and the results were correlated with a history of current and previous allergic disease. Allergic disease was reported in 21 % of the patients, but a positive RAST test was obtained in 44 %. In chronic plaque-type psoriasis a positive RAST test was significantly more common (58 %) than in active psoriasis (22 ...
Pages: 19-20
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