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2020 Apr 02

Dermatol Ther (Heidelb)

Treatment of Psoriasis with Secukinumab in Challenging Patient Scenarios: A Review of the Available Evidence.


Wu JJ, Merola JF, Feldman SR, Menter A, Lebwohl M
Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2020 Apr 02.
PMID: 32242325.


Psoriasis (PsO) is a common, systemic, chronic, inflammatory disease characterized by key clinical symptoms, including itching, pain, and scaling. PsO is associated with a high prevalence of comorbidities, including other autoimmune diseases and malignancies. Furthermore, special populations, such as pregnant, pediatric, and elderly patients, and those with erythrodermic PsO, are challenging to treat and require tightly monitored disease and treatment management. Because certain populations have demographic or clinical characteristics that can affect the presentation of PsO and complicate treatment responses, these patient populations are largely excluded from clinical trials; therefore, most clinical evidence for the treatment of these patients is derived from case reports and series. Secukinumab, a fully human monoclonal interleukin-17A antibody, has been shown in several clinical trials to be effective and safe for the treatment of PsO; however, these studies offer only limited data on the use of secukinumab in patients with chronic illnesses or in special populations. This review explores the use of secukinumab for PsO in special populations, including pregnant women, children, elderly people, patients with erythrodermic PsO, and those with chronic illnesses, including latent tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C, HIV, multiple sclerosis, and malignancies.