Evaluation of the Efficacy of Acitretin Therapy for Nail Psoriasis
Efficacy of systemic retinoid therapy of nail psoriasis has never been assessed objectively. Evaluate therapeutic efficacy of acitretin in patients with isolated nail psoriasis.
Open-study on thirty-six patients with moderate to severe nail psoriasis treated with acitretin.
Patients included 27 men and 9 women (mean age 41) with nail psoriasis. Intervention: Therapy consisted of acitretin 0.2 to 0.3 mg/Kg/day for 6 months.
Main Outcome Measure(s):
Clinical evaluation, NAPSI and modified NAPSI scores before therapy, every 2 months during therapy and 6 months after treatment.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||Evaluation of Nail Psoriasis Severity Index (NAPSI) and Modified Napsi in Patients With Nail Psoriasis Treated With Acitretin|
- correlate clinical improvement with % reduction in the NAPSI Score [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
The Nail Psoriasis Severity Index (NAPSI) has been designed and successfully implemented to grade severity of psoriatic nail disease. Moreover, the utilization of the NAPSI score and a modified version of this severity index score as an instrument to monitor response to therapy has been recently documented in the medical literature .This open study involves thirty-six patients with moderate to severe nail psoriasis treated with low-dose acitretin from January 2005 to January 2007.Acitretin was given at the dosage of 0.2 to 0.3 mg/Kg/day for 6 months. Laboratory investigations and clinical evaluation, which included photographic record and scoring of NAPSI and modified NAPSI, were performed every 2 months. Investigator evaluation was performed using a 0 (no improvement) to 3 (cleared or almost cleared) score Treatment satisfaction by patients and tolerability were assessed at each visit. All patients were followed for at least 6 months after the end of treatment.
|Department of Dermatology University of Bologna|
|Bologna, Italy, 40138|
|Principal Investigator:||Antonella Tosti, MD||University of Bologna|