Psoriasis and palmoplantar pustulosis associated with tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitors: the Mayo Clinic experience, 1998 to 2010

Eugenia Shmidt, David A Wetter, Sara B Ferguson, Mark R Pittelkow
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2012, 67 (5): e179-85

BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α antagonists have been associated with the induction of de novo or worsening psoriasis.

OBJECTIVE: We sought to retrospectively examine the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with psoriasis associated with anti-TNF-α therapy.

METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients with new-onset or worsening psoriasis during TNF-α inhibitor therapy between 1998 and 2010.

RESULTS: Of the 56 patients (mean age at psoriasis onset, 48.1 years), 41 (73%) were female. In all, 22 patients (39%) had Crohn's disease and 14 (25%) had rheumatoid arthritis. Thirty patients (54%) were treated with infliximab, 19 (34%) with adalimumab, and 7 (12%) with etanercept. New-onset or worsening psoriasis occurred after a mean treatment duration of 17.1 months. Plaque psoriasis (n = 27), palmoplantar pustulosis (n = 25), scalp psoriasis (n = 12), generalized pustular psoriasis (n = 7), erythrodermic psoriasis (n = 2), and inverse psoriasis (n = 2) were the cutaneous presentations. Among the 39 patients for whom full treatment response data were available, 33 (85%) had a complete or partial response; combined response rates (complete and partial) were slightly higher among those who discontinued anti-TNF-α therapy (16 of 17 patients [94%]) than among those who continued anti-TNF-α therapy (17 of 22 patients [77%]).

LIMITATIONS: Retrospective nature, possible referral bias, and lack of complete follow-up for some patients are limitations.

CONCLUSION: Although some patients sufficiently controlled their psoriasis while continuing anti-TNF-α therapy, those who discontinued therapy achieved higher rates of complete response. Further studies should explore the efficacy and safety of switching to an alternative anti-TNF-α agent.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"