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BACKGROUND Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic, inflammatory disease. Inflammatory markers are used in clinical practice to detect acute inflammation, and as markers of treatment response. Etanercept blocks tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α, which plays a central role in the psoriatic inflammation process. AIM To reveal any possible association between disease(More)
BACKGROUND There is evidence that a T-helper (Th) 2 cytokine pattern dominates in the peripheral blood as well as in tissue of patients with Sézary syndrome (SS), and that the malignant clone is of Th2 phenotype. However, there are conflicting studies on the cytokine pattern in the peripheral blood in different stages of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). (More)
BACKGROUND Psoriasis is an immune cell-mediated disease in which cytokines play an important role. Studies have been performed to explore the relationship between the disease and cytokine blood levels with a view to finding a biomarker for monitoring disease severity/activity and treatment efficacy. AIM To investigate the levels of transforming growth(More)
Fifty patients with seborrhoeic dermatitis were treated with 2% ketoconazole cream (n = 24) or with 1% hydrocortisone cream (n = 26) for 4 weeks in a double-blind comparative study. These twice daily applications resulted in 87.2% symptomatic improvement for hydrocortisone vs. 81.6% for ketoconazole. The number of P. ovale yeasts was significantly reduced(More)
Lupus erythematosus-like syndromes have been reported as an adverse effect of anti-tumour necrosis factor-alpha therapy. We report the case of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis who developed a discoid lupus erythematosus-like eruption after treatment with infliximab. The rash consisted of diffuse scaly erythematous plaques on the face, trunk and(More)
UNLABELLED BACKGROUND Topical immunotherapy with diphencyprone (DPCP) is considered the most effective treatment of alopecia areata (AA). OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy of DPCP in the treatment of extensive or long-lasting AA in Greek patients. METHODS Sixty-four patients with extensive and/or long-lasting AA were sensitized with 2% diphencyprone.(More)
BACKGROUND The use of ELISA testing of antibodies to desmogleins 1 and 3 (anti-Dsg1 and anti-Dsg3) and indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) has been strongly supported for the serologic diagnosis of pemphigus. The purpose of this study was to correlate anti-Dsg1 and anti-Dsg3 with IIF values, disease localization, treatment and clinical course in Greek(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment of nail psoriasis remains a challenge. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of a two-compound product of calcipotriol plus betamethasone dipropionate ointment on nail psoriasis in an open-label study. METHODS Twenty-five psoriatic patients with nail involvement and mild cutaneous psoriasis were instructed to apply a(More)
BACKGROUND Efalizumab (anti-CD11a antibody) targets T cell-mediated steps important in the immunopathogenesis of psoriasis. As efalizumab is intended to be administered on a continuous long-term basis in psoriasis, it is important to share experience concerning issues commonly occurring during its use in real daily practice. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the(More)