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Sustained response to tocilizumab in a patient with relapsing polychondritis with aortic involvement: a case based review.
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PMID:  24831688     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This paper presents a case with refractory relapsing polychondritis (RPC), complicated with severe aortic involvement, which is successfully treated with tocilizumab. Previous treatments consisted of methotrexate, corticosteroids, cyclosporine, cyclophosphamide, infliximab, and etanercept. With these treatments, the patient had recurrent episodes of fever, polyarthritis, tenosynovitis, subcutaneous nodules, and progressive cardiac disease. One year after the start of treatment with tocilizumab, there is resolution of all symptoms, normalization of C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and the dose of prednisolone is tapered down to 2 mg/day. We have reviewed the English literature for reports of patients with refractory RPC, successfully treated with tocilizumab. We found five additional case reports. In one case report, a patient with refractory RPC complicated with aortitis was successfully treated with tocilizumab. In three case reports, patients with refractory RPC complicated with laryngotracheal involvement were successfully treated with tocilizumab. All cases had, like our patient, failed conventional treatment. We also reviewed the literature for reports of the effect of biologicals on cardiac involvement in RPC. Current literature is presented and discussed.
Rebecca Stael; Vanessa Smith; Ruth Wittoek; David Creytens; Herman Mielants
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-5-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical rheumatology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1434-9949     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Rheumatol.     Publication Date:  2014 May 
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Created Date:  2014-5-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8211469     Medline TA:  Clin Rheumatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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