Fifth Stage Dermatology Dr. Hadaf – Lecture 5

P s o ria s is

– A common inflammatory disease of skin

– Chronic relapsing condition
– Unpredictable course
– Has a great impact on patient’s life

Emotional impact

Unattractivenes s
Fear about future & prognosis

Wrongly assumed to be contagious

Emb arrassment in public places & hair dressers


– Prevalence 0 .3 -25%
– Equal male & female ratio
– Estimated incidence 60 per 100000 per year

Age of onset
Mean age of onset 23 -37
2 peaks with possible genetic associations
1- early onset 16 -22 with more severe & aggressive presentation & possible first
degree relative affection
2_ late onset 57 -60 which is milder & absent first deg ree relative involvement

P athogenesis

2 key pathophysiological aspects:
1)Increased rate of keratincytes proliferation+ parakeratosis.
2) large inflammatory cell infiltrate as polymorphs, T cells, & others.
Familial component, many relatives affected, increased in successive g enerations,
multifactorial inheritance.

Psoriasis is a T cell mediated auto -immune disease

Current hypothesis:
– Unknown skin antigen stimulate immune response
– Anti gen -specific memory T cells are primary mediators
– Leading to impaired differentiation & hyper proliferation of keratinocytes

Triggering factors in susceptible patients

β hemolytic strept.
Throat infection precede guttate psoriasis.
2-Trauma: positive Kobner’s phenomenon
3-Emotion: in 50% stress worsen psoriasis especially in children
4- Drugs: antimalarials, lithium, β blockers worsen psoriasis, stopping steroids
caus es rebound of the rash.

5-Hypocalcem ia
7-Role of obesity
– doubles the risk of psoriasis
– BMI correlate with psoriasis severit y

Clinical features

Well -demarcated, sharply defined erythematous (salmon pink)
plaques covered by silvery white scales . Usually symmetrical

Koebner’s phenomenon :

The complaint s are (Sorted by the com m onest dow nw ard):

1. Scales
2. Itching
3. Redness of skin
4. Tightness of skin
5. Bleeding
6. Burning
7. Fatigue
Types of psoriasis
– Chronic plaque psoriasis
– The commonest type 85%
– Can be extensive

Guttate psoriasis

– Numerous small lesions about 1cm
– Usually less scaly
– Trunk & proximal limbs
– Usually patients less than 30
– Often preceded by strept URTI.

Flexural psoriasis

– In body folds
– Less scaly
– Often miss DX if no
other signs of psoriasi s

Napkin psoriasis
– 2-8 months old babies
– disappear by topical treatment
– Might reappear in adult life.

Erythrodermic psoriasis

– Uncommon
– More than 90% of skin surface
– Can evolve from chronic or eruptive
– Fever, hypo & hyperthermia, dehydration
– Complications: Heart failure, infections,
malabsorption,& anaemia

Pustular psoriasis

– Localized:
more common
On palms & soles
– Generalized:
Associated with fever

Palmoplantar psoriasis

– Can be hyperkeratotic or pustular
– Difficult to distinguish from chronic eczema or tinea
May be aggravated by trauma

Nail changes in psoriasis

1) Distal onycholysis.
2) Random pitting from parakeratosis of proximal matrix.
3) Oil spots which are yellow a reas of subungual parakeratosis
4) Salmon patches due to nail bed psoriasis.
5) Subungual hyperkeratosis resembling onychomycosis.

Psoriatic arthritis
– in 5 -10% of psoriatic
– rare before age 20
– rheumatoid factor negative arthritis
– 5 types either peripheral or central, often overlap


– Reassurance, explanation are vital
– Psoriasis is not contagious
– No cure, so the aim is to induce remission or making it more tolerable
– Spontaneous remission in 50% of cases
– Quit smoking


– vitamin D agonist, only reduce thickness & scaling of the plaques
– Irritant so combined with steroid to get a greater response, fewer S.E.,
+steroid sparing

Topical corticosteroids

– Most commonly used
– clean & effective
– but frequent S.E.
1-as dermal atrophy
3-early relapse
4- precipitation of pustular type
– Indications of topical steroids:

1)On face, ears & flexures
2) Pati ents can’t tolerate tar, dithranol, etc, due to allergic or irritant
3)Unresponsive psoriasis of scalp, palm & sole
4) Patients with minor, localized type
5) In combination with other modalities

Light therapy

– Most patients benefit from sunlight
– UVR is the main treatment for moderate to severe psoriasis.
– S.E. include sunburn & increased risk of skin CA
– Artificial UVB by fluorescent bulbs, either narrow band(311nm.) or broad
– Max. effect achieved at MED (min. dose to induce erythema in a test patch
after 24h)

– Psoralens are natural phtosensitizers
– High in tensity, long wave UVR( UVA), given 2 hours after ingestion of 8 -
methoxy psoralen, twice weekly
– 20 -25 sessions are needed, +maintenance doses
– Clearance ‘ll occur in 75% of patients
– Not for young patients
– UVR resistant glasses worn for24 hours

M ethotrexate

• folic acid antagonist, inhibit DNA synthesis in S phase
• Given orally or parentally , 7.5 -15mg, once weekly
• Minor S.E. nausea & malaise in 1 st.24hr.
• Serious S.E. are liver toxicity, marrow suppression, teratogenicity & male
• Should monitor liver, renal & marrow function, before & during treatment

Neotigasone (=Acitretin)

– Acitretin is vitamin A analougue
– Especially effective in pustular psoriasis of palms& soles, also in plaque
– Frequent minor S.E. as dryness of skin & m.m., pruritis, hair fall, &

– Serious S.E. are hyperlipidemia especially of triglycerides & teratogenicity
– Can be combined with PUVA


– Inhibits cell mediated immunity
– Very effective in psoriasis
– Serious S.E. as hypertension, renal damage, persistent viral warts & a risk of
skin cancer.


– Biologics: new, monoclonal antibo dies to key pathological pathways in
– Against T.N.F. α(alpha)
– Against receptors involved in T -cell trafficking as interleu kin 12/23(IL -12/IL -
23) blockade agents
– Interleukin 17 -A
– Expensive, requires careful consideration of medical Hx, disease severity &
monitoring of infections

Thank You,,,

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