Background: Broad-band UVB phototherapy has appeared to be effective in cle
aring psoriatic lesions. After the advent of calcipotriol ointment, promisi
ng results have been obtained by combining these two therapeutic modalities
. Also, an additional effect of narrow-band UVB phototherapy on treatment w
ith calcipotriol ointment has been demonstrated.
Objective: Our purpose was to compare treatment with low-dose narrow-band U
VB phototherapy both with and without calcipotriol ointment.
Methods: We included 53 patients suffering from plaque-type psoriasis. All
patients underwent low-dose narrow-band UVB phototherapy Nearly half of the
patients were randomized to apply calcipotriol ointment (50 mu g/g) twice
daily on the affected skin. The Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) wa
s used to evaluate psoriatic lesions.
Results: In this study we showed that low-dose narrow-band UVB phototherapy
is effective in the treatment of psoriasis and that calcipotriol ointment
does not improve treatment outcome.
Conclusion: Calcipotriol ointment does not improve treatment with low-dose
narrow-band UVB phototherapy.