A Case of Meningococcal and HSV-2 Meningitis in a Patient Being Treated with Ustekinumab for Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris

  • Charalampos I Kalogeropoulos Second Propaedeutic Department of Internal Medicine and Research Institute, University General Hospital Attikon, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • Konstantinos Papathanasiou Second Propaedeutic Department of Internal Medicine and Research Institute, University General Hospital Attikon, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • Ismini Tsagkaraki Second Propaedeutic Department of Internal Medicine and Research Institute, University General Hospital Attikon, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • Georgios Giannopoulos Second Propaedeutic Department of Internal Medicine and Research Institute, University General Hospital Attikon, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • Aristotelis Bamias Second Propaedeutic Department of Internal Medicine and Research Institute, University General Hospital Attikon, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
  • Eleni Boutati Second Propaedeutic Department of Internal Medicine and Research Institute, University General Hospital Attikon, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Keywords

Pityriasis rubra pilaris, ustekinumab, meningococcal meningitis

Abstract

Pityriasis rubra pilaris (PRP) is a rare chronic inflammatory papulosquamous dermatosis affecting both adults and children. Six subtypes of PRP have been described. Recently, the management of PRP with biologic immunosuppressive agents regularly used in psoriasis has been supported by several case reports and series. Ustekinumab is an anti-IL12/23 IgG1 kappa human monoclonal antibody. It has been approved for the treatment of Crohn’s disease, plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and ulcerative colitis. It has also been reported to be effective as an off-label treatment for PRP. Current data are equivocal regarding infectious disease risk with ustekinumab administration. We describe a case of meningococcal and HSV-2 infection of the central nervous system in a patient being treated with ustekinumab for PRP.

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  • Published: 2020-05-22

    Issue: Vol 7 No 8 (view)

    Section: Hospital of the Month

    How to cite:
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    Kalogeropoulos CI, Papathanasiou K, Tsagkaraki I, Giannopoulos G, Bamias A, Boutati E. A Case of Meningococcal and HSV-2 Meningitis in a Patient Being Treated with Ustekinumab for Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris. EJCRIM 2020;7 doi:10.12890/2020_001615.