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February 1981

Dialysis Treatment of Psoriasis

Author Affiliations

Columbia, Mo

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(2):67-68. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650020009013

Peritoneal dialysis is wholly an experimental technique for the treatment of psoriasis and will remain so for several more years. Much more needs to be known about the effects of dialysis on the skin, although, in nephrology, the safety of the basic technology is well established. Physicians whose only recollections are of primitive dialysis, seen even less than a decade ago, need to become reacquainted.1,2 Worldwide, the anecdotal reports of success in the treatment of psoriasis have been encouraging, but the next important phase in our evaluation of dialysis requires well-controlled clinical studies. Some months ago, at the University of Missouri Medical Center, Columbia, we began admitting patients to the first double-blinded, flipflop, comparative study of dialysis for psoriasis. Results are expected by the middle of 1981.

The first studies of dialysis of patients entirely disabled only by psoriasis and unresponsive to all other therapy were done in 1977

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