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SIDE EFFECTS AND PROGNOSIS WITH THE TREATMENT OF PEMPHIGUS VULGARIS

S. Pavlov, M. Slavova

Abstract

Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune bullous dermatosis that affects between 0,1 and 0,5%000 of the population. The prognosis of the disease is determined by the severity of the side effects of corticosteroid therapy and their compensation. The present study covered 52 patients with pemphigus vulgaris treated in the Clinic of Dermatology and Venereology, Prof. P. Stoyanov Medical University of Varna, during a 10-year period (1990-2000). There were 20 males aged between 28 and 86 years and 32 females aged between 17 and 77 years. The adverse effects of the corticosteroids in the patients with pemphigus vulgaris and their influence on the course of the disease were  described. The combination with a cytostatic drug (cyclophosphamide or imuran) proved to be  effective in reducing the total course and maintenance dosage of the corticostteroids in these  patients.


Keywords

pemphigus vulgaris; corticosteoids; cytostatics; side effects; prognosis

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14748/ssm.v34i0.2794

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