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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Treatment of ocular cicatricial pemphigoid with sulfasalazine.

PURPOSE: To assess the outcome of patients with ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (OCP) treated with sulfasalazine as an alternative to dapsone. DESIGN: Retrospective noncomparative case series. PARTICIPANTS: Nine patients with biopsy-proven OCP and previous dapsone-related adverse effects (hemolysis and gastrointestinal disturbances) treated with oral sulfasalazine. METHODS: Clinical data were abstracted from patients' medical records. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Patients' symptoms, ocular inflammation, conjunctival scarring, complete blood cell count (including reticulocyte count). RESULTS: At the initiation of sulfasalazine therapy, ocular inflammation was controlled in all patients but one. Mean follow-up was 12 months (range, 2-35 months). Median oral sulfasalazine dosage was 3 g (range, 1-4 g). The disease remained controlled with sulfasalazine alone in four patients (45%). Two patients (22%) required adjunctive oral cyclophosphamide. Adverse effects necessitating drug withdrawal occurred in three patients (33%): hemolysis in two and gastrointestinal disturbances in one. CONCLUSIONS: Sulfasalazine may be useful in OCP patients with previous dapsone-related adverse effects.[1]


  1. Treatment of ocular cicatricial pemphigoid with sulfasalazine. Doan, S., Lerouic, J.F., Robin, H., Prost, C., Savoldelli, M., Hoang-Xuan, T. Ophthalmology (2001) [Pubmed]
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