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Is the combination of calcipotriol and PUVA effective in vitiligo?

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ABSTRACT

Objective The objective was to compare the effectiveness of psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) and the combination of PUVA and topical calcipotriol in the treatment of vitiligo.

Background There are several reports on the response rate of patients with vitiligo treated with the combination of PUVA and calcipotriol or calcipotriol alone.

Subjects and methods Twenty-two patients with generalized vitiligo were taken into the study. PUVA treatment was applied on a twice-weekly schedule. Calcipotriol cream was applied to one of the two symmetrical lesions of each patient twice daily.

Results Our results showed that the addition of topical calcipotriol to PUVA treatment did not lead to a significant increase in response rate of patients with vitiligo compared with PUVA treatment alone.

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