Alexandra Wackernagel

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the short- and long-term therapeutic efficacy of psoralen plus UVA (PUVA) vs. UVB-311 nm in the treatment of patients with disseminated lichen planus. METHODS A computerized data bank search and chart review revealed that data from a total of 28 patients, including 15 patients [11 women,(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the addition of 311-nm narrowband UV-B (NB UV-B) phototherapy accelerates and improves the therapeutic efficacy of alefacept, a biological antipsoriatic drug approved for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. DESIGN Randomized half-body comparison study. SETTING Ambulatory section of a university hospital(More)
BACKGROUND Psoralen plus ultraviolet (UV) A (PUVA) is the standard treatment for early stage mycosis fungoides (MF). When 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) is used in PUVA therapy, it often produces intolerance reactions such as nausea, vomiting and headache. OBJECTIVES To investigate whether 5-methoxypsoralen (5-MOP) is a safe and effective alternative to 8-MOP(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE In vivo confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) is a new method that provides skin images in horizontal plane at a level of resolution that allows to view microanatomic structures. This study examines whether certain digital image-processing steps can increase the visibility of various structures in CLSM. STUDY DESIGN Fifty images(More)
In recent years a possible aetiological connection between skin sclerosis and an infection with Borrelia burgdorferi has been discussed, but this association has not yet been reported for systemic scleroderma. Several treatment modalities are suggested for systemic scleroderma, but no treatment has yet been found to alter the overall course of the disease.(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Polymorphic light eruption (PLE) is a common photodermatosis of potential autoimmune origin, and an overlap with lupus erythematosus (LE) has been described. Plasmacytoid dendritic cell (PDC)-induced expression of interferon (IFN)-alpha has been found to be present in LE skin lesions and plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of LE by(More)
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