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BACKGROUND Our understanding of the genetic basis of predisposition to psoriasis is increasing exponentially due to the progress of genetic studies. However, so far little is known about genetic predisposition in relation to the response to psoriasis treatments. Recent data identified genetic predictors for the clinical outcome of conventional treatments(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of golimumab (GLB) in improving the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis (PsA). OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of GLB in monotherapy in patients affected by PsA with cutaneous involvement unresponsive to other anti-tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) agents. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Radiographic examination (Rx) is still the best method to obtain an accurate diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Nevertheless, ultrasound (US) examination of the potentially involved joints has started to play a leading role. The sensitivity and specificity of a scan can be determined by contrast enhancement in the diagnosis of arthritis(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate clinical and US-PD parameters in PsA during adalimumab treatment. METHODS A retrospective study has been conducted in forty patients affected by moderate-to-severe peripheral PsA. Clinical, laboratory, and US-PD evaluations were performed at baseline, after 4, 12, and 24 weeks of treatment. They included(More)
Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory, disabling arthritis affecting up to 30 percent of psoriatic patients. Recently, it has been demonstrated that tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) plays a pivotal role in inducing and maintaining joint damage and that molecules that block this cytokine are effective in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.(More)
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and pilonidal cysts are chronic, inflammatory skin conditions involving apocrine gland-bearing skin. Treatment is limited and unsatisfactory. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been reported to be safe and effective in the treatment of several off-label skin conditions. We report the case of a 29-year-old man affected by HS and(More)
BACKGROUND In February 19, 2009, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had recommended the suspension of the marketing authorization for efalizumab after the occurrence of cases of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. OBJECTIVE To explore the efficacy of alternative therapies for psoriasis and the health status of patients who discontinued(More)
Vesiculodeferentography was used in the past to evaluate suspected cases of obstruction of the seminal ducts. Over the years, numerous attempts have been made to improve the technique used to perform this examination and to render it less invasive. Its use is currently indicated in selected cases, where it is combined with functional studies like seminal(More)