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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2020 August;155(4):434-40

DOI: 10.23736/S0392-0488.20.06748-6

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Psoriasis and its management in women of childbearing age: tools to increase awareness in dermatologists and patients

Clara DE SIMONE 1, 2 , Laura CALABRESE 1, 2, Anna BALATO 3, Serafinella P. CANNAVÒ 4, Annunziata DATTOLA 5, Maria ESPOSITO 6, Maria C. FARGNOLI 6, Roberta GIUFFRIDA 4, Katharina HANSEL 7, Maria L. MUSUMECI 8, Maddalena NAPOLITANO 9, Annamaria OFFIDANI 10, Aurora PARODI 11, Annalisa PATRIZI 12, Ketty PERIS 1, 2, Giulia RADI 10, Marina VENTURINI 13, Francesca PRIGNANO 14, on behalf of SIDeMaST “Psoriasis in Women of Childbearing Age” Task Force

1 Section of Dermatology, IRCCS A. Gemelli University Polyclinic Foundation, Rome, Italy; 2 Section of Dermatology, Department of Translational Medicine and Surgery, Sacred Heart Catholic University, Rome, Italy; 3 Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Federico II University, Naples, Italy; 4 Unit of Dermatology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Messina, Italy; 5 Department of Dermatology, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy; 6 Unit of Dermatology, Department of Biotechnological and Applied Clinical Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy; 7 Section of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy; 8 Dermatology Clinic, G. Rodolico Hospital, Policlinico-Vittorio Emanuele University Hospital, University of Catania, Catania, Italy; 9 Vincenzo Tiberio Department of Health Sciences, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy; 10 Unit of Dermatology, Department of Clinical and Molecular Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy; 11 Department of Health Sciences (DiSSal), San Martino IRCCS Polyclinic Hospital, University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy; 12 Unit of Dermatology, Department of Specialty, Diagnostic, and Experimental Medicine (DIMES), University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy; 13 Department of Dermatology, ASST-Spedali Civili, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy; 14 Section of Dermatology, Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, Florence, Italy



Psoriasis is a common, chronic inflammatory disease with a multifactorial pathogenesis. Mean age at presentation of psoriasis is 28 years in women, which is almost the height of fertility age. Since women of childbearing potential represent a significant proportion of psoriatic patients, the impact of psoriasis and its treatment on fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding should be highlighted for a proper management. Therefore, when approaching to a psoriatic woman of childbearing age, Healthcare Providers should be adequately informed and ready to provide the patients with answers to the most frequently asked questions. The Italian Society of Dermatology and Venereology (SIDeMaST) has fostered a Task Force named “Psoriasis in Women of Childbearing Age” which is composed by a group of Italian female dermatologists with a high expertise in psoriasis treatment. The aims of the Task Force are to increase awareness of the disease and its treatment in patients of childbearing age among both dermatologists and women affected by psoriasis and to encourage counselling on family planning. With the aim of providing a real support for the proper management of the delicate journey to motherhood, the Italian Task Force has published two different informative booklets addressed to patients and dermatologists which focus on the main issues regarding psoriasis in women of childbearing age.


KEY WORDS: Psoriasis; Age factors; Women; Health communication

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