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Comparative assessment of topical steroids, topical tretenoin (0.05%) and dithranol paste in alopecia areata.
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PMID:  20606883     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: There have been various controversial reports regarding the efficacy of topical agents in topical therapy of alopecia areata.
AIM: The study aims to find out the effective ones among the readily available ones for a dermatologist.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty patients were chosen from the skin OPD of Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, after evaluating the exclusion criterions. Treatments were continued for 3 month period and a follow up after further 3 months. After dividing them into four groups-group-I (topical steroids), group-II (topical tretinoin 0.05%) group-III (dithranol paste 0.25%), and group-IV (white soft petrolatum jelly)-patients were evaluated.
RESULTS: Seventy percent of group-I, 55% of group-II, 35% of group-III, and 20% of the control group (white soft petrolatum jelly) responded favorably. Side effects in the form of dermatitis and hyperpigmentation were seen in group-III. However, no patient discontinued from the study.
CONCLUSION: We conclude that both topical steroids and tretinoin were fairly effective in limited variant of alopecia areata.
Sudip Das; R C Ghorami; T Chatterjee; Gautam Banerjee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian journal of dermatology     Volume:  55     ISSN:  1998-3611     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian J Dermatol     Publication Date:    2010 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-07     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370750     Medline TA:  Indian J Dermatol     Country:  India    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  148-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, India.
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