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GIORNALE ITALIANO DI DERMATOLOGIA E VENEREOLOGIA
A Journal on Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,014
Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2005 April;140(2):89-95
language: English, Italian
Association of ultraviolet radiation and topical therapies in the treatment of vulgar psoriasis. A review
Kokelj F., Plozzer C., Martinelli E., Trevisan G.
Institute of Dermatology University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Most psoriatic patients require topical therapy. Topical drugs may be the only treatment, but they can be also combined with oral drugs or phototherapy. In this paper we examine the efficacy and tolerability of the most recent topical drugs (vitamin D analogues and tazarotene) combined with phototherapy (UVB and UVA) compared with phototherapy alone for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis. We review previous literature on this subject and conclude that, at the moment, there is sufficient evidence in support of the beneficial effects of combined treatment.