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Arch Dermatol Res. 1988;280(5):282-5.

Mast cell density in psoriatic skin. The effect of PUVA and corticosteroid therapy.

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Department of Anatomy, University of Kuopio, Finland.


Numbers and volume fractions of mast cells in nonlesional and chronic lesional skin of psoriatic patients were compared with those of normal control skin. Mast cell densities were similar in psoriatic nonlesional and normal control skin. The superficial dermis of lesional psoriatic skin contained more mast cells than either normal or nonlesional psoriatic skin. Neither PUVA nor corticosteroid treatment for 3-4 weeks significantly reduced mast cell numbers or volume fractions in lesional skin, although both treatments clinically and histologically markedly improved the lesions. The results indicate that the initiation of the healing process in psoriatic plaques is not correlated with the mast cell density. The remaining high mast cell density may be normalized later, or after a longer therapy.

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