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Intravenous immunoglobulin contributes to the control of antimelanoma differentiation-associated protein 5 antibody-associated dermatomyositis with palmar violaceous macules/papules

T. Ogawa, N. Okiyama, R. Watanabe, Y. Matsumura, H. Koguchi-Yoshioka, S. Inoue, K. Iwamoto, M. Fujimoto
Autoantibodies to melanoma differentiation-associated protein 5 (MDA5) are associated with a subset of patients with dermatomyositis (DM) who have rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease (RP-ILD) with poor prognosis. Intensive immunosuppressive therapy is initiated before irreversible lung damage can occur; however, there are few lines of evidence for the treatment of RP-ILD. Here, we report three cases of anti-MDA5 antibody-associated DM with RP-ILD in which the patients were treated with combined-modality therapy, including high-dose prednisolone, tacrolimus, intravenous cyclophosphamide and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). In all three cases, serum ferritin levels, which are known to represent the disease activity of RP-ILD, were decreased after IVIG administration. IVIG might contribute to the control of the disease activity of anti-MDA5 antibody-positive DM. Moreover, palmar violaceous macules/papules around the interphalangeal joints, which was observed in all three cases in the incipient stage, might be a useful sign in suggesting a diagnosis of anti-MDA5 antibody-associated DM.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/bjd.15499

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