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P03-015 - Dapson treats chronic Pupura Schoenlein (PSH)


PSH is common and, with few exceptions, resolves spontaneously. In complicated cases treatment can be difficult.

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Here we present an 11 year old Iranian girl, of healthy parents suffered from chronic PSH with chronic exanthema, severe ulcerative dermatitis and arthralgia. Clinical observation: no fever, no arthritis, no signs of polyserositis or hepatosplenomegaly; Laboratory: normal values (full blood count, CRP, complement (C3, C4), no autoantibodies (ANA, ANCA, anti-ds-DNA), no cryoglobulins, zinc, IgG, IgM). Abnormal findings: highly elevated IgA in serum (maximum 2030 mg/dl), elevation of ESR and MRP8/ 14. Skin biopsy: leukocytoclastic infiltrates in subcutaneous fatty tissue. Immunohistochemistry: IgA deposits in tip of papillae and upper corium. No mutation in Marenostrin was found. Multimodal therapeutic approaches (Cortisone, Methotrexate, Azathioprine, Colchicine, i.v. Immunoglobulins) remained without success for 8 years. With the administration of Dapsone symptoms resolved within days and remain under control for > 8 months now. Met-Hb level is tolerable.


Anti-inflammatory potency of dapsone is illustrated. Therapeutic efficacy of Dapsone has been reported in chronic PSH[1, 2], but the mechanism remains to be fully elucidated. Hypothesis: Endothelial cells and hyperreactive B-cells (as illustrated by IgA elevation) secrete IL-8. IL-8 is elevated in patients with PSH [3]. IL-8 stimulates perivascular invasion by neutrophils. Dapsone can inhibit secretion of IL-8 [4], thereby impairing neutrophil function [57].

In conclusion Dapsone might be benefical for complicated cases of PSH. The mechanism of its anti-inflammatory potency remains to be elucidated.


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Dueckers, G., Frosch, M., Assaf, C. et al. P03-015 - Dapson treats chronic Pupura Schoenlein (PSH). Pediatr Rheumatol 11 (Suppl 1), A213 (2013).

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