To report the first case of refractory relapsing polychondritis in a child who was treated with the biological agent, rituximab, an antiCD20 monoclonal antibody. The case is reported with a review of the literature on the use of biological agents in the treatment of refractory relapsing polychondritis. A 10-year-old boy presented with relapsing polychondritis who was treated initially with prednisolone and methotrexate. As there was no response to the treatment, anti TNF antagonist infliximab was given but with a failed response. A subsequent therapy with rituximab produced significant clinical remission with no recurrence at 1 year. Relapsing polychondritis unresponsive to primary treatment modalities but treated with various biological agents in adult have been well described in adults but not reported in children age below 13 yrs. Hence we present this case report. Biological agents such as rituximab has promising role in children when primary treatment fails as reported in our case.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2012|
- Relapsing polychondritis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health