Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic autoinflammatory follicular disease, affecting body areas that are rich in apocrine glands. Moderate-to-severe HS may severely impair patients’ quality of life also because the available therapies are often unsatisfactory. Several lines of evidence suggest that inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin (IL)-17 play a pivotal role in the physiopathology of HS. TNF-α inhibitors have long been used with benefit in moderate-severe forms of HS. However, several monoclonal antibodies against IL-17 isoforms are currently being investigated for HS. We report the case of a 50-year-old man with long-standing HS and concomitant palmo-plantar psoriasis treated with brodalumab after failure of various TNF-α inhibitors. The HS lesions and the patient’s quality of life improved steadily over time until week-136. Interestingly, the clinical benefit was confirmed by radiological improvement with MRI evaluation. Our case report demonstrates the long-term efficacy and safety of brodalumab in HS encouraging the use of drugs to inhibit the T helper-type 17 immune axis, especially in cases of HS refractory to therapy with TNF-α inhibitors.

Brodalumab for severe hidradenitis suppurativa: a case of clinico-radiologic improvement and literature review

Esposito M.
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Fargnoli M. C.
2023-01-01

Abstract

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic autoinflammatory follicular disease, affecting body areas that are rich in apocrine glands. Moderate-to-severe HS may severely impair patients’ quality of life also because the available therapies are often unsatisfactory. Several lines of evidence suggest that inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin (IL)-17 play a pivotal role in the physiopathology of HS. TNF-α inhibitors have long been used with benefit in moderate-severe forms of HS. However, several monoclonal antibodies against IL-17 isoforms are currently being investigated for HS. We report the case of a 50-year-old man with long-standing HS and concomitant palmo-plantar psoriasis treated with brodalumab after failure of various TNF-α inhibitors. The HS lesions and the patient’s quality of life improved steadily over time until week-136. Interestingly, the clinical benefit was confirmed by radiological improvement with MRI evaluation. Our case report demonstrates the long-term efficacy and safety of brodalumab in HS encouraging the use of drugs to inhibit the T helper-type 17 immune axis, especially in cases of HS refractory to therapy with TNF-α inhibitors.
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