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Efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulins in livedoid vasculopathy: Long-term follow-up of 11 patients.
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PMID:  25022849     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Evidence for the efficacy of various therapies of livedoid vasculopathy (LV) is limited.
OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine efficacy and tolerability of 2 g/kg of intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) every 4 weeks in patients with LV.
METHODS: This was a long-term follow-up study of 11 patients with LV treated with 2 g/kg of IVIG assessing the clinical characteristics, disease course, and quality of life.
RESULTS: The treatment regimen led to complete remission of ulcerations and pain in 17 of 29 disease episodes (59%) after 3 cycles and in 25 of 29 episodes (86%) after 6 cycles. Two disease episodes showed remission after 7 and 8 cycles, resulting in a total number of remissions of 27 (93%). Subscore analysis showed resolution of pain in 80% after 2 IVIG cycles. Disease severity and quality of life were significantly improved after 6 cycles. Median duration of remissions was 26.7 months after initial and 7.5 months after subsequent disease episodes.
LIMITATIONS: This was a retrospective study that did not include the comparison of IVIG efficacy and its impact on quality of life with treatment options.
CONCLUSIONS: In our patients with LV, high-dose IVIG led to fast and complete resolution of pain and ulcerations and to substantial improvement in quality of life.
Babak Monshi; Christian Posch; Igor Vujic; Alma Sesti; Silke Sobotka; Klemens Rappersberger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-7-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-6787     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-7-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
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