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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2016 December;151(6):587-95

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Psoriasis in elderly and non-elderly population: clinical and molecular features

Maddalena NAPOLITANO, Nicola BALATO, Fabio AYALA, Cataldo PATRUNO, Angela PATRÌ, Matteo MEGNA, Anna BALATO

Section of Dermatology, Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy


BACKGROUND: Psoriasis management in elderly may be difficult, mainly due to comorbidities and concomitant medications. The aim of this study was to compare elderly and non-elderly psoriatic patients in relation to their demographic, clinical and molecular characteristics.
METHODS: A prospective observational study on 502 psoriatic patients attending our outpatient clinic was performed. We analyzed their demographical and clinical features, highlighting differences in comorbidities and treatment adverse events. Moreover, real-time PCR was used to analyze lesional skin expression of CCL-20, HBD-2, Hpt, IFN-α, IL-1β, IL-8, IL-23A, IL-33, IL-36γ, TGF-β, TNF-α, S100A7 and VEGF, in 15 adults and 15 elderly.
RESULTS: The two groups of patients differed for comorbidities and treatment profile. Particularly, non-elderly were treated more frequently with biologic drugs compared to elderly. However, elderly did not develop more metabolic, hepatic and/or renal abnormalities than younger patients. Serious adverse events were comparable between elderly and non-elderly. No difference in gene expression of the investigated mediators was found.
CONCLUSIONS: Our study did not show substantial clinical or molecular differences between elderly and non-elderly. Older patients should be treated with systemic drugs when required. Safety and tolerability profiles of biological drugs seemed at least comparable with those of traditional systemic ones.

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