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Biologic therapy in erythrodermic and pustular psoriasis.
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PMID:  24595581     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of biologic therapy in treating plaque-type psoriasis is well documented. However, there is less data for use in other psoriasis subtypes, such as erythrodermic and generalized pustular psoriasis.<BR />
OBJECTIVE: We sought to review the safety and efficacy of biologic medications in the treatment of these severe subtypes of psoriasis and to identify strategies to help clinicians optimally manage these patients.<BR />
METHODS: We searched Pubmed for English language literature that assessed the use of biologic medication to treat erythrodermic or generalized pustular psoriasis.<BR />
RESULTS: The primary literature included cases reports, cases series, and open-label, uncontrolled trials. There were no head-to-head studies or other controlled trials. In both erythrodermic and generalized pustular psoriasis, infliximab was used to treat over half of the reported cases. Other biologic medications that were successfully used included etanercept, ustekinumab, adalimumab, and anakinra. Most cases reported improvement with biologic therapy. Serious adverse events were reported in 10-12% of the patients.<BR />
CONCLUSION: Although the evidence is limited, biologic therapy appears to be effective in treating erythrodermic and generalized pustular psoriasis. In order to assess the comparative efficacy and safety of the biologic medications, larger controlled studies are needed.<BR /><BR /> <EM>J Drugs Dermatol.</EM> 2014;13(3):342-354.
Ethan C Levin; Maya Debbaneh; John Koo; Wilson Liao
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1545-9616     ISO Abbreviation:  J Drugs Dermatol     Publication Date:  2014 Mar 
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Created Date:  2014-03-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101160020     Medline TA:  J Drugs Dermatol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  342-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
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