"Yamuauchi et al. described successful treatment with tumour necrosis factor antagonist (anti-TNF-α), etanercept for recurrences of SS coexisting with rheumatoid arthritis . In another paper, the therapy with etanercept was highly effective in the treatment of the arthritis and SS, but it took 6 months for the skin disease to respond . Rahier et al. reported excellent regression of the cutaneous lesions after infliximab treatment in a patient with Crohn's disease and SS . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Diagnosis of paraneoplastic skin syndromes associating neoplastic processes is assumed as the crucial aspect of dermatological practice. Knowledge of clinical findings of dermatoses suggesting coincidence of malignant proliferative processes facilitates diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. We would like to present a case of Sweet's syndrome, qualified for comparative paraneoplastic skin syndromes. Sweet's syndrome, acute, febrile neutrophilic dermatosis, was first described by Robert Douglas Sweet in 1964 as a disorder characterized by fever, skin lesions of erythematous-infiltrative character, leukocytosis with neutrophilia and dense infiltrations of dermis by mature neutrophils. Sweet's syndrome aetiology is not fully understood, although cytokine abnormalities suggest that Th1 lymphocytes play an important role in pathogenesis of the dermatosis. Factors inducing Sweet's syndrome include: haematopoietic hyperplasia; neoplasms: genitourinary, breast, gastrointestinal; infections of the respiratory and alimentary system; inflammatory bowel diseases; drugs; pregnancy and vaccinations. Systemic corticosteroids are the "gold standard" of Sweet's syndrome treatment; potassium iodide or colchicine may also be used. Indomethacin, clofazimine, cyclosporine A and sulfones are the second-line drugs.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) is a key molecule of the inflammatory response and data derived from studies in experimental animal models and humans suggest that TNF-α may be implicated in the pathogenesis of various autoimmune and non-infectious inflammatory conditions. Over the past decade pharmaceutical agents directed against TNF-α (infliximab, adalimumab and etanercept) have been widely and successfully employed for the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, whereas two novel anti-TNF-α agents, golimumab and certolimumab pegol, recently entered the market for the treatment of RA, AS, Crohn's disease and psoriasis. Encouraged by the positive results obtained from the use of TNF-α antagonists in terms of efficacy and safety and due to the increasingly accumulating evidence regarding the implication of TNF-α in the pathogenesis of numerous disorders, anti-TNF-α agents have been considered for the management of diseases other than the ones they were initially approved for. Although in the case of multiple sclerosis and chronic heart failure the outcome from the administration of TNF-α blockers had been less than favourable, in other cases of non-infectious inflammatory conditions the response to TNF-α inhibition had been fairly beneficial. More specifically, according to well-documented clinical trials, anti-TNF-α agents exhibited favourable results in Behçet's disease, non-infectious ocular inflammation, pyoderma gangrenosum and hidradenitis suppurativa. In this review we discuss the successful outcomes as well as the prospects for the future from the off-label use of TNF-α antagonists.
QJM: monthly journal of the Association of Physicians 12/2010; 103(12):917-28. DOI:10.1093/qjmed/hcq152 · 2.46 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Sweet's syndrome is a neutrophilic dermatosis characterized by fever, an elevated neutrophil count, and painful erythematous cutaneous lesions. Histopathological analysis reveals a neutrophilic dermal infiltrate. Systemic corticosteroid therapy remains the mainstay of treatment. We report the case of a 66-year-old male patient who had a 5-year history of Sweet's syndrome refractory to various conventional treatments. Anti-interleukin-1 receptor antagonist anakinra was initiated and this resulted in a dramatic clinical and biological improvement. Anakinra is a promising treatment for neutrophilic dermatoses and sheds light on the interleukin-1/inflammasome pathway as central in the physiopathology of neutrophilic dermatosis.
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