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Tocilizumab for multirefractory adult-onset Still’s disease
  1. M De Bandt,
  2. B Saint-Marcoux
  1. Unit of Rheumatology, R Ballanger Hospital, Aulnay sous Bois, France
  1. Dr M De Bandt, Unit of Rheumatology, R Ballanger Hospital, Aulnay sous Bois, 93600, France; m.debandt{at}ch-aulnay.fr

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Adult-onset Still’s disease (AOSD) is a multisystemic inflammatory disease of unknown cause, characterised by daily spiking fever, rash, leucocytosis and arthritis. Cytokines such as interleukin (IL)1, 6 and 18, interferon γ, tumour necrosis factor are thought to have a role in the pathogenesis of the disease.1 2 Treatments such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, methotrexate (MTX), gold, azathioprine, leflunomide, ciclosporin and biological agents (tumour necrosis factor blockers, IL1 receptor antagonist or rituximab) can help in the management of patients, depending on presentation and disease course.35

We report on a young woman with refractory AOSD successfully treated with anti-IL6 receptor antibody (tocilizumab), whose efficacy has been shown in …

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