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Rituximab therapy of recalcitrant bullous dermatoses

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) are among the most common pruritic dermatoses observed in pregnant women. The body produces progesterone at certain times of the menstrual cycle, causing the womb lining to flourish. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you. He told us that several days earlier, he had noticed ill-defined “itchy red bumps” on both legs. The patient described appears to have been sensitized to an exogenous progestin, levonorgestrel, in Norplant. The rash may spread to the arms, legs, breasts or buttocks. The disorder may be associated with other autoimmune diseases such as Graves’ disease and vitiligo.

However, there is a certain type of rash that only occurs when one is pregnant. A biopsy, as well as direct immunofluorescence, can help confirm the diagnosis. The disease often requires a long-term immunosuppressive treatment. This condition can be easily confused with other dermatoses of pregnancy, for example, pruritic urticarial papules of pregnancy. A rare skin condition that can occur anywhere on the body. Outbreaks in subsequent pregnancies are common and are often more severe and of earlier onset. Pemphigoid gestationis is a skin disorder in which circulating IgG autoantibodies react against transmembrane proteins and hemidesmosomal components of the epidermal basal cells.1 This process leads to complement protein activation through the classical pathway, which promotes leukocyte recruitment and degranulation.

The condition is harmless to mother and baby. And don’t get me started to how concerning it is to see the interchangeable use of the terms “prevalence” and “incidence” on medical websites – they aren’t the same thing and make the few figures that are out there very sketchy. Nichola had always dreamed of having three children, but may have to rule that out. and 100 mg of predisolone i.v. Treatment is to be continued for at least 4 to 6 months. In this situation, a withdrawal bleed should not be expected until the end of the second pack. She then continues to take tablets at her usual time.

Now skin biopsies were taken and histology and immunofluorescence was consistent with mucous membrane pemphigoid. The next blister pack must be started as soon as the current blister pack is finished, i.e., no gap should be left between packs. In this situation, a withdrawal bleed should not be expected until the end of the second pack. The risk for venous thromboembolic complications in CHC users may increase substantially in a woman with additional risk factors, particularly if there are multiple risk factors (see table).Logynon is contraindicated if a woman has multiple risk factors that put her at high risk of venous thrombosis (see section 4.3). In this situation, a withdrawal bleed should not be expected until the end of the second pack. Because of progression we decided to treat him with rituximab (MabThera®; Roche) 375 mg/m2 i.v. At 18 weeks of gestation, the patient presented with pruritic papules on bilateral anterior thighs.


The treatment was well tolerated and no unwanted side effects were noted. To make Neogest as effective as it can be you must take it regularly, and at the same time each day. A 79-year-old woman with cardiac disease and relapsing tachyarrhythmia came to the department with a history of three months of severe mucous membrane lesions and fever of up to 40 degrees Celcius. unusual swelling of your arms or legs. The oral mucosa including the tongue showed large, painful erosions. Oral and esophageal candidosis had been diagnosed and treatment was started with amphotericine suspension. The eyes had a marked conjuctival injection and redness.

I contracted herpes from my partner 8 years ago (he got it from previous partner) and the outbreaks have lessened and are much less painful, however 3. A diagnostic biopsy was taken that revealed a pemphigus vulgaris with typical histopathology and direct immunofluorescence. Pemphigus vulgaris antibodies were positive 1:640. Treatment was started with 120 mg prednisolone per day i.v. in combination with azathioprine 150 mg/ d p.o. A partial remission was achieved with complete remission of mucous membrane lesions and marked reduction of skin lesions within a months. The dosage was tapered down to 50 mg/d prednisolone and 100 mg/d azathioprine.

The treatment was continued until two years later she had a severe relapse with painful mucosal and generalized cutaneous involvement (>80% body surface) []. The initial treatment consisted of prednisolone 125 mg/ day i.v. and mycophenolic acid 2x 720 mg/ d p.o. The treatment showed only a marginal improvement. Therefore we decided to treat her with rituximab 375 mg/m2 i.v. once a week for 4 weeks in an adjuvant setting. Staphylococcal and E.

It may also spread to the extremities. Although COCs may have an effect on peripheral insulin resistance and glucose tolerance, there is no evidence of a need to alter the therapeutic regimen in diabetics using low dose COCs (containing < 0.05 mg ethinylestradiol). The frequency and nature of these assessments should be based upon relevant guidelines and should be adapted to the individual woman, but should include measurement of blood pressure and, if judged appropriate by the clinician, breast, abdominal and pelvic examination including cervical cytology.Exclude the likelihood of pregnancy before starting treatment.Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding that is suspicious for underlying conditions should be investigated. Pemphigus antibodies were reduced from 1:320 to 1:40. Predisolone could be reduced to 15 mg/ d, mycophenolic acid was continued with 720 mg twice a day. Women who have ever had a liver tumour. The treatment was well tolerated. Tokur Y, Ishihara S, Tagawa S, et al. The follow-up is four months. Here we described two patients with a severe and progressive disease, one with a mucous membrane pemphigoid, one with a relapsed generalized pemphigus vulgaris, using the standard dosing schedule for rituximab adjuvant to the previous immunosuppressive therapy in each patient. In patient 1 a stable disease was achieved after he had experienced progressive disease over years and serious side-effects such as a diabetes induction by corticosteroid therapy. In the second patient risk factors for fatal outcome of pemphigus such as old age (79 years), cardiac disease, and a severe relapse with a body surface area involvement of more than 80% were evident. Nevertheless, we gained a clinical remission without severe adverse effects and the drug worked fast compared to established immunosuppressive treatment. In conclusion, rituximab is an effective third-line therapy in severe and potentially life-threatening autoimmune bullous diseases with best evidence available in pemphigus vulgaris. There is only limited evidence until now for other types like mucous membrane pemphigoid. Since fatal adverse effects may occur, the use of rituximab should be limited to the most severe types of autoimmune bullous disease only.