Successful treatment of refractory juvenile generalized pustular psoriasis with secukinumab monotherapy: A case report and review of published work

Po-Han Ho, Tsen-Fang Tsai
Journal of Dermatology 2018, 45 (11): 1353-1356
Juvenile generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP) is rare and often resistant to conventional systemic therapy such as methotrexate, retinoic acid and cyclosporin A. GPP can be induced by deficiency of interleukin (IL)-36 receptor antagonist (DITRA). No standardized guidelines are available for juvenile GPP or DITRA, and a uniformly safe and effective biologic agent has not been identified. However, multiple biologics approved for use in plaque-type psoriasis have also been used in GPP. Herein, we report a case of a 6-year-old Taiwanese boy with GPP and homozygous mutation at c.115+6T>C within the IL-36 receptor antagonist (IL36RN) gene, who was treated successfully with secukinumab after failure of prior methotrexate, acitretin, cyclosporin A, etanercept and adalimumab. Similar to two previously reported non-adult cases of GPP successfully treated with secukinumab, our case also demonstrated a history of repeated treatment failures with several conventional oral systemic agents and biologics. Different from these two cases, however, ours is the first of juvenile GPP successfully treated with secukinumab monotherapy, without using other systemic agent concurrently during the use of secukinumab.

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"