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The Effect of Weight Loss on Psoriasis Area Severity Index in Adult Psoriasis Patients

2014-08-27 03:13:09 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect that weight loss has on the severity of psoriasis in obese subjects. Fifty obese (BMI equal to or greater than 30) patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis will be enrolled in a weight loss intervention program. The severity of their psoriasis will be reevaluated at month 3 and month 6 of the program to determine what effect weight loss has had on their psoriasis. Serum TNF-alpha will be measured at month 0 and month 6. The hypothesis that will be tested is that weight loss will lead to a significant improvement in the severity of psoriasis and a reduction in TNF-alpha levels.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Psoriasis

Intervention

Weight Loss

Location

University of Texas Dermatology Clinical Research
Houston
Texas
United States
77030

Status

Recruiting

Source

The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:09-0400

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