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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,014
Online ISSN 1827-1820
Napolitano M., Balato N., Ayala F., Cirillo T., Balato A.
Section of Dermatology, Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
The use of Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF-α) antagonists has profoundly improved clinical management of psoriasis and other inflammatory diseases, but acute and chronic adverse reactions, including demyelination, are becoming increasingly recognized. We reported a case of multiple sclerosis in a 48-year-old Italian man with plaque psoriasis treated with etanercept. Through a literature review, we found a total of 35 psoriatic patients, including our case, in whom a demyelinating disease developed in course of TNF-α antagonists therapy. Since neurological disorders are rarely associated with the use of anti-TNF-α therapy in psoriatic patients, but have severe side effects, physicians should screen patients before starting therapy, excluding a positive anamnesis for demyelinating disease; if patients receiving anti-TNF-α drugs develop new or unusual neurological symptoms, the anti-TNF-α drug should be stopped and patient should be properly examined. Furthermore, therapies for demyelinating diseases that could exacerbate psoriasis manifestations should be carefully avoided.