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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-18

Evaluating the differences among dermatologists’ approaches to abnormal laboratory results of patients using oral isotretinoin treatment for acne

1 Department of Dermatology, Trakya University, School of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey
2 Trakya University, School of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sezgi Sarikaya Solak
Trakya Üniversitesi, Deri ve Zührevi Hastalıklar Anabilim Dalı, Edirne
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjd.tjd_58_22

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Background: Oral isotretinoin is one of the most frequently used treatment options in moderate and severe acne. Abnormal laboratory results may occur during the treatment and there may be differences in approach to these abnormal laboratory results among dermatologists. Aim: In this study, we aimed to retrospectively evaluate the differences in approach to abnormal laboratory results and treatment modifications of dermatologists during oral isotretinoin treatment. Materials and Methods: Data of 207 patients who had oral isotretinoin treatment for acne between January 2013 and October 2020 were included in this study. Baseline and follow-up laboratory results were reviewed. All treatment modifications were noted and evaluated with relevant literature. Results: Among 207 patients, 28 (13.5%) had treatment modifications due to the abnormal laboratory results, and all of them were due to elevation of lipid and liver enzyme levels. The dose was reduced in 24 (11.6%) patients and the treatment was discontinued in 4 (1.9%) patients. Treatment modification was not compulsory in the vast majority of patients (26 of 28) according to the relevant literature. Conclusion: The results of the present study showed that unnecessary treatment modifications due to the abnormal laboratory results can be made by dermatologists during oral isotretinoin treatment for acne. Educational programs for dermatologists and more detailed guidelines may prevent these unnecessary treatment modifications.

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