Journal article

A case of severe actinic prurigo successfully treated with thalidomide.

JC Ng, PA Foley, RB Crouch, CS Baker

Australasian Journal of Dermatology | Published : 2001


Actinic prurigo is an uncommon and usually persistent idiopathic photodermatosis with typical human leukocyte antigen (HLA) associations (HLA-DR4, particularly subtypes DRB1*0407 and DRB1*0401). Although its mechanism of action is not clearly understood, thalidomide has been shown to be particularly efficacious in treating actinic prurigo, among other conditions. A 31-year-old Australian woman who had suffered actinic prurigo for most of her life was treated with two courses of thalidomide (50-100 mg nocte) over consecutive summers. Remission was observed after cessation of the second course of thalidomide and had continued 4 years later. Abnormalities in the cutaneous response to ultraviole..

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