Etanercept for the treatment of refractory pyoderma gangrenosum: A brief series

Carlos A. Charles, Argentina Leon, Meggan R. Banta, Robert Kirsner

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Background: Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a rare ulcerative inflammatory condition of unknown etiology. Therapy for PG involves local wound care along with topical and systemic anti-inflammatory and other immunodulatory agents. Etanercept is one such immunomodulator with activity against the inflammatory cytokine, tumor necrosis factor. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of etanercept in the treatment of PG ulcers. Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed on seven patients with 11 refractory PG ulcers treated with subcutaneous injections of etanercept (25-50 mg twice weekly). Results: All seven patients with PG responded well to etanercept. Eight of the 11 ulcers (73%) completely healed with the mean time of (12.5 weeks), while the other three ulcers had marked reduction in size (within 8-18 weeks). Etanercept was well tolerated. No serious side-effects were reported. Only one patient discontinued the drug secondary to side-effects. Conclusion: Etanercept is an alternative treatment option for patients with refractory ulcers due to PG.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1099
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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Etanercept for the treatment of refractory pyoderma gangrenosum : A brief series. / Charles, Carlos A.; Leon, Argentina; Banta, Meggan R.; Kirsner, Robert.

In: International Journal of Dermatology, Vol. 46, No. 10, 01.10.2007, p. 1095-1099.

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