Systemic therapy of atopic dermatitis in children and adults

Simon, Dagmar (2011). Systemic therapy of atopic dermatitis in children and adults. Current problems in dermatology, 41, pp. 156-164. Basel: Karger 10.1159/000323309

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Systemic therapy is required in patients with severe atopic dermatitis (AD) refractory to adequate topical therapy. The aim of a systemic therapy is the rapid and efficient improvement of skin symptoms and pruritus in acute exacerbation and/or the long-term control of severe chronic disease. A number of immunosuppressive and immunomodulating substances are available that may efficiently reduce skin inflammation and thus lead to a relief of symptoms including pruritus. The excellent effects of cyclosporine as short-term as well as maintenance therapy have been documented in several studies in children and adults. Furthermore, other immunosuppressive substances such as azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil and methotrexate are effective in patients with moderate to severe AD. Intravenous immunoglobulins and γ-interferon exert immunomodulatory effects and thus may improve severe AD. Biological agents are a new approach in AD therapy since they may specifically target cells, cytokines or mediators involved in the pathogenesis of AD.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Dermatology

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