Korean J Dermatol.  1980 Feb;18(1):43-49.

The Therapeutic Effect of Oral Retinoid (Ro - 10 - 9359) on Psoriasis Vulgaris

Abstract

Retinoid, Ro l0-9359 is an aromatic analog of vitamin A acid or retinoic acid. The orally administrable retinoid has a therapeutic effect on the treatment of psoriasis, ichthyosis, Darier's disease, pustulosis palmoplantaris and skin cancer. However, some results have been reported previously, indicating that oral retinoid alone does not clear psoriatic lesions although some improvement may he noted. Morcover, promising results of combination treatment of psoriasis with the retinoid and local dithranol or PUVA have been reported. In the present study we report the clinical results obtained in 16 psoriatics after oral retinoid treatment, with and without the addition of topical cotricosteroid. We employed a new retinoid regimen orally in 16 adults with widcspread psoriatic lesions, Most of them bad been treated earlier with topical corticosteroids without beneficial effect. Of 16 cases 8 were treated with retinoid alone and the other 8 patients with topical corticosteroids in addition to the oral regimen, The results are summarized as follows: 1. Complete to good clearing of the lesions was seen in 5 of 8 patient with retinoid alone and in 7 of 8 patients using the combination treatment. 2. Side-effects appeared in all patients, the most prominent being dryness of the mouth or cheilitis in cases and pruritus in 10 cases. However, there were no abnormalities shown in liver function tests during or after treatment. From the above results the combination treatment with topical corticosteroids seems to be more effective than retinoid alone in the treatment of psoriasis. It is considered that the oral retinoid could be an alternative on the treatment of psoriasis.


MeSH Terms

Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Adult
Anthralin
Cheilitis
Darier Disease
Humans
Ichthyosis
Liver Function Tests
Mouth
Pruritus
Psoriasis*
Skin Neoplasms
Tretinoin
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Anthralin
Tretinoin
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