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Moderate Weight Loss Makes Obese Patients With Severe Chronic Plaque Psoriasis Responsive to Sub-Optimal Dose of Cyclosporine: an Investigator Blinded, Controlled, Randomized Clinical Trial

This study has been completed.
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First received: August 6, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: August 2007
History: No changes posted
The study hypothesis is to investigate whether a moderate weight loss (i.e. a weight reduction of at least 5%) could improve the response rate to a suboptimal dose of cyclosporine in patients with severe psoriasis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Plaque Psoriasis
Other: low calorie diet
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Moderate Weight Loss Makes Obese Patients With Severe Chronic Plaque Psoriasis Responsive to Sub-Optimal Dose of Cyclosporine: an Investigator Blinded, Controlled, Randomized Clinical Trial

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Primary end point PASI 75 response [ Time Frame: week 24 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • secondary end point was % of body weight reduction [ Time Frame: week 24 ]

Study Start Date: November 2005
Study Completion Date: August 2007
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: first group
patients who adhered to a low-calorie diet associated to sub-optimal cyclosporine dose (2.5 mg/Kg/day)for 24 weeks
Other: low calorie diet
Low calorie diet was designed to achieve a loss of 5-10% of initial weight. All enrolled patients received a balanced diet scheme, based on a caloric intake reduction related to BMI and sex (range 1200-1500 Kcal/day for women, 1300-1600 Kcal/day for men). Calorie intake consisted approximately of 60% carbohydrates, 25% fat, 15% protein


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age,active but clinically stable plaque psoriasis involving at least 10 percent of the body surface area and a psoriasis area and severity index (PASI) score ≥10 and a body mass index ≥30.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Other type of psoriasis (guttate, erythrodermic and pustular psoriasis)
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Severe congestive heart failure
  • Renal and liver impairment
  • Active or chronic infections, including HIV, HBV and HCV infections, latent tuberculosis
  • Previous or active malignancies
  • Pregnancy and lactations
  • Previous treatment with cyclosporine
  • Phototherapy or any systemic or topical therapy for psoriasis within the previous 4 weeks before enrolment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00512187

University of Verona
Verona, Italy, 37126
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universita di Verona
Principal Investigator: Giampiero Girolomoni University of Verona, Section of Dermatology and Venereology
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00512187     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GISONDI 1
no grants received at all
Study First Received: August 6, 2007
Last Updated: August 6, 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Skin Diseases, Papulosquamous
Skin Diseases
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antifungal Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
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