Whole field laser Doppler imaging of the microcirculation in psoriasis and clinically unaffected skin

Anke G.M. Hendriks, Wiendelt Steenbergen, Erwin Hondebrink, Johan C.G. van Hespen, Peter C.M. van de Kerkhof, Marieke M.B. Seyger

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Background: Angiogenesis represents a key phenomenon in psoriasis. Insights in the microcirculation within psoriatic lesions in a whole field are lacking. Recently, the Twente Optical Perfusion Camera (TOPCam) was developed, which provides the possibility of evaluating the superficial cutaneous microcirculation in a whole field.

Objectives: This pilot study aims to examine whether the TOPCam can be used to visualize the microcirculation within and around psoriatic lesions, and whether it is capable of revealing vascular changes during topical treatment.

Methods: Five patients with chronic plaque psoriasis were included. The superficial microcirculation and clinical local scores (SUM score) were analyzed in two comparable lesions within one patient. At baseline and after 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks the disease's natural course was evaluated in one plaque versus topical treatment in the other.

Results: The TOPCam was able to visualize an increased microcirculation within psoriatic lesions and perfusion variability due to the heartbeat. Whole field images demonstrated heterogeneity in perfusion intensity (hot and cold spots) within clinically homogeneous-looking plaques. Topical therapy induced a decrease in overall perfusion and a significant decrease in SUM score.

Conclusion: The TOPCam is the first noninvasive technique to visualize the microcirculation of psoriatic lesions in a whole field, to correct images for the heartbeat, and to reveal heterogeneity in perfusion intensity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-21
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of dermatological treatment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Psoriatic lesion
  • Microcirculation
  • Laser Doppler perfusion imaging (LDPI)
  • TOPCam

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