A case report of disseminated verrucosis secondary to ustekinumab in a patient with Crohn’s disease

Steven A. Svoboda, Patrick S. Rush, Kevin G. Sharghi, Peter L. Rady, Stephen K. Tyring, Joshua D. Eikenberg

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Abstract

Ustekinumab is a biologic agent with Food and Drug Administration approval for the treatment of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. It functions to inhibit the p40 subunit common to both interleukin-12 and interleukin-23. These pro-inflammatory cytokines are implicated in autoinflammatory and autoimmune disorders, but they also play an important role in cell-mediated immunity against viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens. Therefore, antagonism of interleukin-12 and interleukin-23 by ustekinumab may increase the risk of human papillomavirus infection or reactivation which can lead to the development of verrucae. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one published report of disseminated verrucosis secondary to ustekinumab treatment for psoriasis. Here, we present the first case report of ustekinumab-induced disseminated verrucosis occurring in the setting of treatment for Crohn’s disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAGE Open Medical Case Reports
Volume9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Crohn’s disease
  • disseminated verrucosis
  • human papillomavirus
  • ustekinumab
  • verruca vulgaris

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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