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Pharmacology and therapeutics
Isotretinoin treatment in nodulocystic acne with and without polycystic ovary syndrome: efficacy and determinants of relapse
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2012
© 2012 The International Society of Dermatology
International Journal of Dermatology
Volume 52, Issue 3, pages 371–376, March 2013
How to Cite
Cakir, G. A., Erdogan, F. G. and Gurler, A. (2013), Isotretinoin treatment in nodulocystic acne with and without polycystic ovary syndrome: efficacy and determinants of relapse. International Journal of Dermatology, 52: 371–376. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2012.05691.x
- Issue published online: 17 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2012
Background Isotretinoin is the most efficacious long-lasting treatment for acne; however, some factors, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), patient age, family history, and type and number of acne lesions, may lead to treatment resistance or relapse following treatment. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and permanence of systemic isotretinoin (SI) in nodulocystic acne patients with and without PCOS and to evaluate the factors associated with relapse during the first and second post-treatment years.
Methods and Materials The study included 96 female patients with nodulocystic acne. SI 0.5-1 mg/kg/dl was given, with a total cumulative dose of 120–150 mg/kg. Response to treatment and relapse during the first and second post-treatment years were evaluated.
Results In all, the 50 non-PCOS and 46 PCOS acne patients were similar. SI was similarly efficacious in both groups. In total, eight patients relapsed during the first post-treatment year, versus 16 during the second. Relapse during the first year was associated with the number of nodules at the start of treatment and the number of papulopustular lesions at the end of treatment, whereas PCOS, patient age, and the number of nodules at the start of treatment were associated relapse during the second year.
Conclusion Regardless of its association with PCOS, SI was effective in the treatment of nodulocystic acne. The factors associated with relapse during the 1st and 2nd post-treatment years differed, except for the number of nodules at the start of treatment.