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Low dose recombinant interferon alfa treatment for classic Kaposi's sarcoma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8215494     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: High doses of interferon alfa are used to treat Kaposi's sarcoma in patients with immunodeficiency, whereas low doses are generally ineffective. Following low-dose recombinant interferon alfa treatment for lymphoma, two patients showed a regression of their hematologic malignancy-associated Kaposi's sarcoma. This observation prompted us also to try low-dose interferon alfa treatment in uncomplicated classic Kaposi's sarcoma, and two additional patients were thus treated on an outpatient basis. OBSERVATIONS: Initial response was noted after 3 to 13 weeks of treatment. Remission was achieved after 4 to 6 months of low-dose interferon alfa treatment and its duration was 8 to 14 months. Recurrences were treated again and additional remissions were obtained after only 5 to 8 weeks of treatment. CONCLUSION: Low-dose interferon alfa treatment may represent an effective therapeutic modality for the treatment of patients with both lymphoma-associated and uncomplicated classic Kaposi's sarcoma.
E Tur; S Brenner; R Michalevicz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of dermatology     Volume:  129     ISSN:  0003-987X     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Dermatol     Publication Date:  1993 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-02     Completed Date:  1993-11-02     Revised Date:  2008-03-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372433     Medline TA:  Arch Dermatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1297-300     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Dermatology, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Interferon Type I, Recombinant / administration & dosage*
Middle Aged
Sarcoma, Kaposi / therapy*
Skin Neoplasms / therapy*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Interferon Type I, Recombinant
Comment In:
Arch Dermatol. 1994 Jun;130(6):799-801   [PMID:  8043141 ]
Arch Dermatol. 1993 Oct;129(10):1320-3   [PMID:  8215499 ]

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