Thirty-three patients with progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS) (24 women and 9 men, 27 with diffuse scleroderma and 6 with CREST syndrome) were treated with griseofulvin alone (375-500 mg/day) for 12-84 months (mean 33). Clinical and functional assessment of the results included: a self-evaluation (general status, skin toughness, cold sensitivity, dysphagia), a physical examination (fingerprint areas, chest expansion, mouth widening, grip strength) routine laboratory tests, electrocardiogram, glomerular filtration rate (GFR), esophagus and chest X-rays. After griseofulvin, a significant improvement was noted in 28/33 patients (85%) regarding subjective condition and skin thickening and elasticity, particularly in the trunk and proximal limbs (p less than 0.05 for chest expansion), and of GFR (p less than 0.01). Lung and esophageal involvement, on the whole, remained unchanged during the treatment, which does not appear to modify the progression of PSS myocardiopathy. No patient stopped using griseofulvin because of side effects. The present results show that griseofulvin is a safe drug for PSS treatment and that it can influence the skin and renal involvement.
Long-term griseofulvin treatment for progressive systemic sclerosis / Ferri, Clodoveo; Bernini, Luigi; Bombardieri, S; Pasero, G.. - In: SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF RHEUMATOLOGY. - ISSN 0300-9742. - STAMPA. - 15:(1986), pp. 356-362.