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World J Dermatol. Aug 2, 2014; 3(3): 36-44
Published online Aug 2, 2014. doi: 10.5314/wjd.v3.i3.36
Gender medicine and psoriasis
Delia Colombo, Nicoletta Cassano, Gilberto Bellia, Gino A Vena
Delia Colombo, Gilberto Bellia, Novartis Farma SpA, 21040 Origgio, Italy
Nicoletta Cassano, Gino A Vena, Dermatology and Venereology Private Practice, Bari and Barletta, Italy
Author contributions: All authors were involved in the writing, revision, and final approval of the paper.
Correspondence to: Delia Colombo, MD, Novartis Farma SpA, Largo U Boccioni 1, 21040 Origgio, Italy.
Telephone: +39-02-96543354 Fax: +39-02-96542910
Received: December 17, 2013
Revised: February 24, 2014
Accepted: April 25, 2014
Published online: August 2, 2014
Core Tip

Core tip: The study of specific differences between women and men is arousing huge interests in various fields of medicine, including dermatology. The available data on gender medicine applied to common skin diseases are unfortunately still scanty. The objective of this brief review is to provide hints for the presence of sex differences in various aspects of psoriasis, from epidemiology to pathogenesis, from clinical aspects to therapeutic management, trying to examine the evidence available in the literature.