Zahra Hallaji

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BACKGROUND Pemphigus is a rare and chronic life-threatening disease. The clinical picture varies in reports from different regions of the world. OBJECTIVE To define the clinical forms of pemphigus in a large cohort of patients. METHODS Prospective analysis of 1209 patients diagnosed and followed at the Pemphigus Research Unit, Tehran University for(More)
BACKGROUND Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common malignant skin tumor. Although mortality attributable to BCC is not high, the disease is responsible for considerable morbidity. There is evidence that the number of patients who develop more than one BCC is increasing. AIMS The aim of this study was to elucidate possible risk factors for developing(More)
BACKGROUND Pityriasis versicolor is a superficial infection of the stratum corneum which caused by a group of yeasts formerly named pityrosporium. The taxonomy of these lipophilic yeasts has recently been modified and includes seven species referred as Malassezia. The aim of this study is to compare the distribution of Malassezia species isolated from(More)
BACKGROUND Pemphigus is a severe autoimmune blistering disease affecting the skin and mucosa. Mortality is high in the absence of treatment. Nowadays, treatment is based mainly on corticosteroids and cytotoxic drugs; however, because of the rarity of the disease worldwide, there is not yet a standard treatment based on randomized controlled trials, and the(More)
Although early stage mycosis fungoides (MF) has a generally good prognosis, and long-term survival rates with current therapies (UVB, photochemotherapy, topical nitrogen mustard, electron beam radiotherapy) are similar, there is concern regarding their potential side effects. It has been reported that the same effective UVB dose is safer than PUVA in terms(More)
BACKGROUND A positive history of smoking is less common in patients with pemphigus than in healthy subjects. The aim of this case-control study was to compare the remission rate and clinical locations involved in smokers and nonsmokers with pemphigus vulgaris. METHODS Seventy patients with pemphigus vulgaris, treated with a uniform protocol, were(More)
BACKGROUND To the best of our knowledge there is only one report about salivary desmoglein (Dsg) 1 and 3 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in pemphigus vulgaris (PV), whereas several studies have been performed on serum. AIMS To find the sensitivity of serum and salivary anti-Dsg1 and 3 antibodies in the diagnosis of PV, and to determine the(More)
BACKGROUND The place of cell-mediated immunity and cytokines in the immunopathogenesis of pemphigus vulgaris (PV) has not been fully established. OBJECTIVE To assess the serum levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, Interleukine-6 (IL-6) and Interleukine-8 (IL-8), in PV patients before and after therapy, to evaluate the influence of therapy on the serum(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Erosive oral lichen planus (EOLP) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the oral mucosa causing significant pain and impairment of the quality of life. No immediate and definitive cure is available, especially in its chronic and most recalcitrant forms. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of methotrexate(More)
Recently, thiazolidinediones have shown to be efficacious with a favorable safety profile when used in the treatment of chronic plaque-type psoriasis. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the efficacy and safety of a combination of methotrexate plus pioglitazone and methotrexate alone in plaque-type psoriasis. A total of 44 adult patients with(More)