Effect of topical calcipotriol on congenital ichthyoses


P.M.Steijlen, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Nijmegen, Postbus 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


We investigated the clinical efficacy of topically applied calcipotriol in six patients with congenital ichthyosis, using a double-blind, bilaterally paired, comparative approach. Unilateral improvement, in favour of the calcipotriol-treated side, was observed in three patients with lamellar ichthyosis. A beneficial response was also observed in a patient with bullous ichthyotic erythroderma of Brocq. No clinical side-effects or laboratory anomalies were observed. This study indicates that calcipotriol constitutes a new and promising approach in alleviating disorders of keratinization characterized by hyperproliferation, other than psoriasis.