Digital Vasculitis in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis Responded Well to Adalimumab

  • Kobak S
  • Yilmaz H
  • Yalcin M
  • et al.
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Abstract

42-year-old old female patient, followed up with diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis for 15 years, was admitted with necrotising ulcer of left hand 1st and 2nd fingertips and pain, swelling, limitation of movement, and morning stiffness at bilateral wrist, and metacarpophalangeal and proximal interphalangeal joints. Laboratory tests revealed elevated acute phase reactants. Radial and ulnar arteries were clear in upper extremity Doppler ultrasound. The patient was diagnosed as RA activation and digital ulcer and administered iloprost infusion for five days and 1 mg/kg corticosteroid and 20 mg/week methotrexate (MTX). After one month, a partial regression of clinical and laboratory findings was observed. However, 6 months later, due to relapsed and increased complaints and findings, adalimumab 40 mg was administered. Two months later, clinical and laboratory findings apparently decreased.

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Kobak, S., Yilmaz, H., Yalcin, M., & Karaarslan, A. (2014). Digital Vasculitis in a Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis Responded Well to Adalimumab. Case Reports in Rheumatology, 2014, 1–3. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/416825

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