Urinary detection of corticosteroid in topical treatment of skin disease by 19F MRS

Beathe Sitter
2019 Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine  
Objective To investigate if it was feasible to quantify the renal excretion of topically applied corticosteroids by 19 F MRS. Materials and methods Five participants, one healthy and four with skin diseases, were treated with ointment containing betamethasone 17-valerate. Urine samples were collected for up to 87 h after the initial application. A sample of ointment mixed with urine served as a study control. Organic fractions were obtained after sample freeze drying, and resolved in deuterated
more » ... chloroform prior to acquisition of 19 F MR spectra at 470 MHz for typically 8 h. Results We detected fluorine signals in 40 of the 62 fractions of organic extracts. The corticosteroid was detected in samples from all patients, ranging from 0.1 to 2.8% of the applied steroid. No fluorine signal was obtained in samples from the healthy volunteer. Discussion 19 F MRS can be utilized to detect topically applied corticosteroids in urine. However, more work is required to optimize and control for extraction procedures, complete spectral assignments and reliable quantification.
doi:10.1007/s10334-018-00734-y fatcat:ffaj6orhffhjtm6oxugo24uoem