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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 81  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 95-

Intravenous methylprednisolone pulse therapy in severe alopecia areata

1 Department of Dermatology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "I. Hatieganu", Cluj Napoca, Romania
2 Department of Dermatology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "I. Hatieganu", Cluj Napoca, Romania, Romania

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rodica M Cosgarea
Department of Dermatology, Clinicilor Street 3-5, 400006, Cluj Napoca, Romania
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.148608

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Background: Severe, extensive, therapy resistant alopecia areata represents a clinical challenge. Systemic corticosteroids are a therapeutic tool that still needs to be evaluated. Aim: The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy and safety of methylprednisolone pulse therapy in alopecia areata and to find prognostic factors for a favourable outcome. Methods: A total of 32 patients with severe multifocal alopecia areata (more than 40% scalp hair loss), alopecia totalis, and alopecia universalis were treated with infusions of 500 mg methylprednisolone for 3 days every month for 3 consecutive months. The end point of the study was 12 months. Results: Of 32 patients, 26 (81.3%) reported a clinical response. Four patients (12.5%) showed complete hair regrowth, 6 patients (18.8%) showed >50% hair regrowth, ten (31.3%) had <50% hair regrowth, 6 (18.75%) were non responders, and another 6 patients (18.8%) had relapse after an initial regrowth. Multivariate analysis revealed that patients reporting at the first episode and those with multifocal disease had the best results. Conclusion: Methylprednisolone infusions represent a possible therapeutic option for patients with multifocal alopecia areata and those presenting with the first episode of the disease.


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