PUVA-treated psoriatic skin as a model for cutaneous wrinkling assessed by skin replicas

V. Brazzelli, G. Borroni, E. Berardesca, E. Romano, G. P. Vignoli, G. Rabbiosi

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Psoriatic patients may offer a useful model for PUVA-induced skin wrinkling. This study deals with the changes induced by PUVA therapy on the cutaneous microrelief of psoriatic patients assessed by surface replicas. A non-exposed body area (buttocks) was considered. The microrelief was evaluated by means of replicas analysed by an automatic image analyser. Three groups of patients were considered: 1) 10 psoriatic patients who had been undergoing PUVA treatment for the first time and who had received a total PUVA dose of 200 ± 20 J/cm2; 2) 16 psoriatic patients in long-term PUVA treatment (>1000 J/cm2); 3) 13 psoriatic controls whose buttocks had never been affected by psoriasis nor exposed to sunlight or PUVA. The results showed that the number and the entity of the cutaneous crests and furrows had been increased by PUVA therapy. In particular the skin pattern analysis showed significant statistical differences between the second and the third group, while no changes were evident between the first and third group (ANOVA and Tukey test for multiple comparisons). In conclusion, our findings indicate that long-term PUVA therapy causes marked changes in the cutaneous microrelief, that this phenomenon can be measured non-invasively and that the changes observed are dependent on the PUVA-dose energies received.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-163
Number of pages2
JournalActa Dermato-Venereologica, Supplement
Issue number186
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • microrelief
  • psoriasis
  • PUVA therapy
  • skin replicas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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