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A Case of Old Age-Onset Generalized Pustular Psoriasis with a Deficiency of IL-36RN (DITRA) Treated by Granulocyte and Monocyte Apheresis.

Chiharu Tominaga 1Masaaki Yamamoto 1Yasutomo Imai 1Kiyofumi Yamanishi 1 , Case Rep Dermatol. 2015 Feb 21;7(1):29-35.

 She is the oldest reported case of GPP with a deficiency of interleukin-36 receptor antagonist (DITRA), although GPP in DITRA has been suggested to usually occur in younger cases with no pre-existing psoriasis vulgaris.

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Generalized pustular psoriasis successfully treated with granulocyte and monocyte adsorption apheresis

Tomomi Fujisawa 1Kana MuraseYoko OkumuraHiroyuki KanohTomoaki DoiShouzo YoshidaShinji OguraMariko Seishima,Ther Apher Dial. 2011 Aug;15(4):374-8.

Generalized pustular psoriasis (GPP) is one of the neutrophilic dermatoses mainly caused by activated neutrophils and monocytes. Granulocyte and monocyte adsorption apheresis (GCAP) is a useful extracorporeal circulation therapy for removal of activated granulocytes and monocytes. In this study, GCAP was used to treat three patients with different types of GPP; the diagnoses indicated patient 1 had GPP, patient 2 had GPP developed from psoriasis vulgaris and patient 3 had GPP based on psoriatic erythroderma. We performed GCAP on each of these patients once a week, for a total of five times. We found that the patients’ pustules and edema disappeared and their erythema was reduced by GCAP therapy. Moreover, no adverse effects were observed. Thus, we conclude GCAP could be effective for treating various types of GPP.

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