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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 20

of 'Treatment of early stage (IA to IIA) mycosis fungoides'

Retinoids plus PUVA (RePUVA) and PUVA in mycosis fungoides, plaque stage. A report from the Scandinavian Mycosis Fungoides Group.
Thomsen K, Hammar H, Molin L, Volden G
Acta Derm Venereol. 1989;69(6):536.
Sixty-nine patients with mycosis fungoides, plaque stage, were treated in an open study with photochemotherapy (PUVA) or the combination of oral retinoids and PUVA (RePUVA). The response rate of Re-PUVA was equal to that of PUVA, with complete remission in 73% and 72%, respectively. Remissions were obtained with fewer PUVA sessions, and with a lower UVA dosage, if PUVA was combined with retinoids. A lower UVA dosage was needed if treatment was given four times weekly in stead of twice weekly. The duration of the remissions tended to be prolonged if retinoids were given as maintenance therapy.
Department of Dermatology, Finsen Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark.