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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005 Feb;52(2):275-80.

Treatment of patch and plaque stage mycosis fungoides with imiquimod 5% cream.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado 80045-0510, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Systemic interferon is effective in the treatment of mycosis fungoides (MF). Imiquimod is effective in the treatment of some epidermal neoplasms and induces localized interferon production.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the safety and efficacy of topical imiquimod 5% cream for the treatment of patch and plaque stage MF.

METHODS:

Six patients with stage IA to IIB MF were treated with topical imiquimod 5% cream 3 times per week for 12 weeks in this open label pilot study. Index lesions were biopsied pre- and post- treatment, and up to 4 additional treated lesions were monitored for 16 weeks.

RESULTS:

Three of 6 patients had histologic clearance of disease in index lesions, and also demonstrated significant improvement in the clinical scores for all treated lesions. A fourth patient had 2 of 4 lesions respond clinically. Application site reactions were limited to those patients responding to treatment.

CONCLUSION:

In this preliminary open label study topical imiquimod 5% cream was well tolerated and associated with a histologic and clinical response rate of 50%.

PMID:
15692473
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2004.04.049
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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