The Japanese Journal of Dermatology
Online ISSN : 1346-8146
Print ISSN : 0021-499X
ISSN-L : 0021-499X
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Impact of Biologics Treatment on Interferon-Γ Releasing Assay in Patients with Psoriasis: A Retrospective Study
Mami MomoseYoshinori UmezawaAkihiko AsahinaHidemi Nakagawa
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2017 Volume 127 Issue 8 Pages 1775-1779


Biological therapy has established the efficacy and safety profile for psoriasis treatment. The possible development of tuberculosis is one of the important issues during treatment, so an interferon-γ releasing assay (IGRA) such as QFT or T-spot is generally used to monitor tuberculosis in daily practice. We retrospectively investigated the clinical courses of QFT or T-spot testing in 386 patients with psoriasis during biologics treatments. Of these patients, 33 cases were positive in the IGRA assay, and 7 cases showed changes from positive to negative. These results suggest that IGRA assays can be affected by biological therapy.

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