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The PUVA-turban as a new option of applying a dilute psoralen solution selectively to the scalp of patients with alopecia areata.
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PMID:  11174382     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Alopecia areata is a burden for many patients and often resistant, even to extensive therapy. Orally administered PUVA therapy has been shown among numerous systemic and topical treatment modalities to be a therapeutic alternative. However, the clinical use of oral PUVA is often limited by systemic side effects. Bath-PUVA therapy offers an alternative solution because of the negligible systemic absorption of psoralen with this technique. Through use of a "PUVA-turban" it is now possible to administer a dilute bathwater solution containing 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) to the scalp. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether PUVA turban therapy is effective in treating alopecia areata in different clinical stages. METHODS: We treated 9 patients with severe, rapidly progressing, treatment-resistant alopecia areata with PUVA-turban treatment as a modification of bath-PUVA therapy. At each treatment session a cotton towel was soaked with a 0.0001% 8-MOP solution (1 mg/L) at 37 degrees C, wrung gently to remove excess water, and wrapped around the patient's head in a turban fashion for 20 minutes. This was directly followed by UVA radiation. Treatment sessions were initially performed 3 to 4 times per week. RESULTS: The cumulative UVA doses given over treatment periods of up to 24 weeks were 60.9 to 178.2 J/cm(2), with single doses ranging from 0.3 to 8.0 J/cm(2). After up to 10 weeks of treatment, hair regrowth could be noticed in 6 of 9 patients. Two patients did not respond to the treatment, and one patient showed only vellus hair regrowth. CONCLUSION: PUVA-turban therapy can be considered a useful method of administering a dilute psoralen solution selectively to the scalp of patients. It has been shown to be a well-tolerated and, in some patients, efficient therapeutic alternative in the treatment of alopecia areata.
S C Behrens-Williams; U Leiter; R Schiener; M Weidmann; R U Peter; M Kerscher
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0190-9622     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2001 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-22     Completed Date:  2001-03-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  248-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, University of Ulm, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Topical
Alopecia Areata / drug therapy*
Hair / growth & development
Methoxsalen / administration & dosage*
Middle Aged
PUVA Therapy / instrumentation,  methods*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Solutions; 298-81-7/Methoxsalen

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