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Use of granulocyte and monocyte adsorption apheresis in dermatology (Review)

Laura Gnesotto 1Guido Mioso 1Mauro Alaibac 1

Exp Ther Med 2022 Jun 24;24(2):536. doi: 10.3892/etm.2022.11463. eCollection 2022 Aug. DOI: 10.3892/etm.2022.11463

Adsorptive granulocyte and monocyte apheresis (GMA) is an extracorporeal treatment that selectively removes activated myeloid lineage leukocytes from peripheral blood. This technique consists of a column with cellulose acetate beads as absorptive leukocytapheresis carriers, and was initially used to treat ulcerative colitis. A literature search was conducted to extract recently published studies about the clinical efficacy of GMA in patients with different skin disorders, reporting information on demographics, clinical symptoms, treatment and clinical course. Dermatological diseases, in which GMA has been performed, include generalized pustular psoriasis, pyoderma gangrenosum, palmoplantar pustular psoriasis, Behcet’s disease, Sweet’s syndrome, adult-onset Still’s disease, impetigo herpetiformis, reactive arthritis, acne and hidradenitis suppurativa syndrome, cutaneous allergic vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus. In most patients, GMA was started after the failure of conventional therapeutic options and it was helpful in the majority of cases. Based on the information summarized, GMA could be considered a valid non-pharmacological treatment option for patients with several dermatological conditions, which are difficult to treat with other pharmacological preparations.

 PASH syndrome; cutaneous allergic vasculitis; granulocyte and monocyte apheresis; neutrophilic dermatoses; reactive arthritis; systemic lupus erythematosus.

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Successful treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum, acne, and suppurative hidradenitis syndrome with granulocyte and monocyte adsorption apheresis

Miho Hatanaka 1Kazuyasu Fujii 1Takuro Kanekura 1 J Dermatol 2021 Aug;48(8):e376-e377. doi: 10.1111/1346-8138.15946. 

Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG), acne(A), and Suppurative hidradenitis (SH) syndrome (PASHs) is a recently proposed disease entity clinically characterized by PG, acne, and SH, belonging to the spectrum of hereditary autoinflammatory syndrome with PG. Although biologic agents targeting interleukin-1 and tumor necrosis factor-α have been recommended for the treatment of PASHs, their efficacy has not been well established because of its rarity.
Granulocyte and monocyte adsorption apheresis is an extracorporeal apheresis unit designed to selectively remove pathogenic granulocytes and macrophages that produce proinflammatory cytokines. The efficacy of GMA on PG has been reported, and treatment of PASHs with GMA has been described in a single case report

Successful treatment of pyoderma gangrenosum, acne, and suppurative hidradenitis syndrome with granulocyte and monocyte adsorption apheresis – PubMed (

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Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Acne and Suppurative Hidradenitis Syndrome Treated with Granulocyte and Monocyte Adsorption Apheresis.

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