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Arthritis Rheum. 1992 Mar;35(3):319-24.

Extracorporeal photochemotherapy for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus. A pilot study.

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Second Department of Dermatology, University of Vienna General Hospital, Austria.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effectiveness and feasibility of extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP) in the treatment of an autoimmune disease with known cutaneous photosensitivity.

METHODS:

Ten patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) were treated with ECP in an open clinical trial. The efficacy of treatment was analyzed by means of established disease activity scores.

RESULTS:

Eight patients completed the trial. In 7 of the 8, there was a significant response to the treatment, with no or minor side effects. The clinical activity score in the group of 8 patients decreased from a median of 7 (range 4-9) to a median of 1 (range 0-5) (P less than 0.05). Laboratory abnormalities did not change significantly, but were mild at the outset.

CONCLUSION:

ECP led to clinical improvement of SLE without side effects. The effectiveness of this method should be investigated further in controlled clinical trials.

PMID:
1536670
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780350311
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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