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New onset or exacerbation of psoriatic skin lesions in patients with definite rheumatoid arthritis receiving tumour necrosis factor α antagonists

Abstract

Background: Blockage of tumour necrosis factor α (TNFα) is highly effective in rheumatic diseases, especially in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriatic arthritis. Furthermore, TNFα antagonists have also been shown to significantly reduce psoriatic skin lesions.

Case reports: A series of nine patients with RA who were treated with different types of TNFα antagonists and who unexpectedly developed either a new onset or an exacerbation of psoriatic skin lesions are reported

  • LEF, leflunomide
  • MTX, methotrexate
  • RA, rheumatoid arthritis
  • TNFα, tumour necrosis factor α
  • psoriasis
  • tumour necrosis factor antagonists
  • side effects
  • rheumatoid arthritis

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