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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-82

Diacerein in the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis: A case report

1 Department of Dermatology, Smt NHL Medical College and SVP Hospital, Ahmedabad, India
2 Department of Orthopaedics, BJ Medical College and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, India
3 GMERS Medical College, Gandhinagar, India
4 Department of Dermatology, GCS Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
5 Saint Vincent General Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Correspondence Address:
Kalgi Baxi
Department of Dermatology, Smt NHL Medical College and SVP Hospital, B2 Block, Dermatology OPD, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad 380006, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdd.ijdd_19_21

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Diacerein belongs to the class of anthraquinone derivatives which has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic properties. The principal mechanism of action of diacerein is to inhibit the interleukin-1β system and related downstream signaling. Several rheumatology societies such as the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) have introduced diacerein in their therapeutic guidelines as a treatment option in osteoarthritis. We hereby report the case of a 56-year-old man suffering from chronic plaque psoriasis who was prescribed diacerein by an orthopedician for bilateral knee osteoarthritis. We observed a dramatic improvement in the psoriatic skin lesions with the achievement of Psoriasis Area Severity Index 75 at 12 weeks, without objectively observed adverse drug event. This suggests a probable role of diacerein as an oral biological agent in the therapeutic armamentarium of chronic plaque psoriasis

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