Superficial radiotherapy tied to complete remission in severe Hailey-Hailey disease

The high success rate could lead to the therapy being made first-line for refractory cases, researchers say

Superficial radiotherapy could lead to long-term remission and improved quality of life in patients with severe, treatment-resistant Hailey-Hailey disease, a small Danish study suggests.

Pending further trials, radiation therapy could be a viable alternative to standard treatment for flares, such as antibiotics, isotretinoin and naltrexone, researchers say.

In a retrospective case-series, clinicians analysed data from 13 patients (mean age 52) with severe Hailey-Hailey disease (HHD) treated with up to