A clinico - histopathological outcome of 4 weeks methotrexate pluse therapy in psoriasis.

Indian journal of dermatology, venereology and leprology

PubMedID: 20921647

Masuria BL, Bansal NK, Sharma M, Singhi MK, Mittal A, Gupta LK. A clinico - histopathological outcome of 4 weeks methotrexate pluse therapy in psoriasis. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2010;65(4):172-3.
A clinico-histopathological study was carried out In 50 patients of psoriasis to see clinical and histological outcome and/or correlation of weekly methotrexate pulse therapy. Clinically, results of therapy were evalutated by estimating the percentage of total body coverage with psoriasis. Prior to therapy, average involvement was 47.5% which after 4 weeks methotrexate therapy reduced to 8. 3%. A complete clearing of psoriasis occurred in 40% of patients after methotrexate therapy. The clinical response started as early as I week in most of patients. Only 2 patients failed to respond even after 4 weeks of therapy. Histopathologically in pretreatmenl biopsy, 34 showed classical psoriatic pathology while in 16 biopsy was suggestive of psoriasis but not confirmative. Histopathological examination after 4 weeks treatment showed that 41 still showed one or more histological evidence of psoriasis, although only two patients had classical, psoriatic pathology, in rest 9 patients there were complete regression. Thus, with methotrexate, clinical clearance was much faster than histopathological clearance.