Desensitization to Adalimumab: An Example of Repeated Desens
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Biological agents seem to have been more effective than classic immunosuppressive drugs; however, the adverse events including the hypersensitivity reactions are the main drawbacks of these drugs. This article reports a 35-year-old man who was treated with adalimumab for ankylosing spondylitis, had a local reaction on the injection site, and generalized itching with rash at the 62nd dose and repeated desensitizations to him with adalimumab. One month after the reaction, skin prick test was performed with a commercial preparation of adalimumab. The skin prick test result was determined positive comparing to positive and negative controls. Because of insufficient responses to other drugs, adalimumab desensitization was performed and the whole process was completed without any reaction. Six months later the patient gave up therapy because of a new reaction which was caused by a possible viral infection. Desensitization was repeated successfully 3 months later.

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