Treatment of acne with oral isotretinoin in patients with cystic fibrosis.
E Perera, J Massie, RJ Phillips
Arch Dis Child | Published : 2009
BACKGROUND: Theoretical concerns about liver disease and vitamin A deficiency have limited the use of oral isotretinoin for troublesome acne in adolescents with cystic fibrosis. METHODS: Oral isotretinoin was administered to nine patients with cystic fibrosis who had troublesome acne unresponsive to antibiotics. All patients were followed for 1-4 years after cessation of treatment. RESULTS: Isotretinoin treatment cleared active acne lesions in all patients. It was well tolerated, and no patient had significant side effects. All nine patients were pleased or delighted with the improvement in their skin. CONCLUSIONS: Adolescents with cystic fibrosis and acne can be treated with oral isotretino..View full abstract