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Psoriasis in the elderly: from the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation.

Author(s): Grozdev IS, Van Voorhees AS, Gottlieb AB, Hsu S, Lebwohl MG, Bebo BF Jr, Korman NJ

Affiliation(s): Department of Dermatology and Murdough Family Center for Psoriasis, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA.

Publication date & source: 2011-09, J Am Acad Dermatol., 65(3):537-45. Epub 2011 Apr 15.

Publication type: Meta-Analysis; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

BACKGROUND: The continuous increase in the US population older than 65 years and the chronic course of psoriasis make management of psoriasis in the elderly an important health care problem. OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a treatment algorithm for patients with psoriasis who are older than 65 years. METHODS: A systematic literature search for studies on elderly patients with psoriasis was performed using MEDLINE. RESULTS: We summarize the available published data on therapeutic modalities used in the elderly. We suggest a treatment algorithm including topical medications as first-line treatment for limited disease, with phototherapy, systemic retinoids, methotrexate, and biologics as the first-line systemic treatments for patients with more extensive disease. Cyclosporine should only rarely be used as a second-line systemic treatment for extensive disease in elderly patients with psoriasis. LIMITATIONS: Limited data are available regarding treatment modalities specifically for elderly patients with psoriasis. CONCLUSION: Appropriate treatment for elderly patients with limited psoriasis includes topical corticosteroids, topical vitamin D analogues, and topical tazarotene. For appropriately monitored elderly patients who have psoriasis with extensive disease, phototherapy, acitretin, methotrexate, alefacept, etanercept, adalimumab, infliximab, and ustekinumab are first-line therapies that can generally be safely used. There remains a need for further research on the management of psoriasis in elderly patients with psoriasis. Copyright (c) 2010 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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