Psoriasis remission after gastric bypass surgery: a case report

Ornella De Pità, Francesca Lupi, Giuseppe Cianchini

DOI: https://doi.org/10.7175/cmi.v8i1.898

Abstract

Case reports suggest that gastric bypass surgery in patients with psoriasis may result in complete remission of the disease. A substantial weight loss is achieved in the months following surgery, which is likely to reduce psoriasis symptoms and risk of comorbidities. A 50-year-old man was followed in our Department for several years. He had severe plaque psoriasis requiring superpotent topical steroids and methotrexate. His medical history included morbid obesity (138 kg), dyslipidemia , hypertension and positive family history for psoriasis. He underwent gastric bypass surgery on November 2011. Eight months later, his weight decreased to 86 kg, and he noted a marked improvement in his psoriasis, with reduction of body surface area involvement. In our opinion weight loss may be a useful adjunctive therapy for obese patients with psoriasis.

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Psoriasis; Gastric Bypass Surgery; Obesity

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