The effects of Dupilumab treatment were beyond expected for a 13-year-old girl with a history of atopic dermatitis and alopecia totalis. The young teen has suffered from treatment-resistant atopic dermatitis since seven months old and from alopecia totalis since the age of two. Her treatment history for alopecia areata includes a variety of methods: prednisone, methotrexate and full-body narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy. These methods have helped others suffering from alopecia areata but did not lead to new hair growth for her.
The young girl was prescribed Dupilumab for eczema, and Maryanne Makredes Senna, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston was taken back by the effects, “To our shock and surprise, after six weeks of therapy, the patient started to develop small vellus hairs, and by nine months had thick terminal hairs that had never grown on her head since age two.” “This was a completely unexpected response to Dupilumab.” The young girl experienced hair regrowth on approximately 60 percent of her scalp.
Dr. Senna notes that a major limitation of the study is the sample size, being that of just one patient. Regardless, she claims that the strength of the study is the fact that the patient experienced significant hair regrowth after 11 years.
Dr. Senna and her colleagues are submitting a study proposal to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, which makes Dupilumab. This proposal includes a larger group of patients so to more accurately evaluate the effect of Dupilumab on hair regrowth.
Dermatological breakthroughs like this one are crucial to the field and Dermatologist Dr. Tim Ioannides is no stranger to this caliber of work.
Dr. Tim Ioannides is the founder of Treasure Coast Dermatology. He received his his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and is Board Certified in dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology.
In addition to Tim’s commitment to the Treasure Coast as a physician, Dr. Ioannides extends charitable support to many local organizations.
He also plays an important role in educating future dermatologists in dermatologic surgery and reconstructive surgery as a Voluntary Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine. See This Article to learn more.
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