Successful treatment of psoriasis with ustekinumab in patients with multiple sclerosis

Shurong Chang, Cynthia Chambers, Fu-Tong Liu, April W. Armstrong

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Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease, evolving from a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors. In the recent years, we have seen much progress in understanding the immunopathogenesis of psoriasis, paving the way for new therapies with biologics. Currently, the most commonly used biologics in psoriasis are TNF inhibitors etanercept, infliximab and adalimumab, and the IL-12/23 inhibitor ustekinumab. As TNF inhibitors are contraindicated in patients with multiple sclerosis, ustekinumab remained the only biologic available for these patient before the recent approval of Secukinumab, an IL-17A inhibitor. Herein we report two patients with multiple sclerosis and comorbid psoriasis successfully treated with ustekinumab without progression of their multiple sclerosis. Our cases demonstrate that ustekinumab is a reasonably safe choice in this patient population. We also briefly reviewed new therapies currently under investigation, which will undoubtedly further expand our armamentarium for the treatment of psoriasis in patients with neuromuscular diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • IL-17
  • IL-23
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Ustekinumab

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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