Late presentation of generalised bullous pemphigoid-like reaction in a patient treated with pembrolizumab for metastatic melanoma Academic Article uri icon


  • Dermatological toxicity is one of the most commonly reported immune-related adverse events in patients receiving checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy. We report the gradual development of a widespread bullous pemphigoid-like reaction in a metastatic melanoma patient 8 months after commencing treatment with the programmed-death-1 (PD-1) inhibitor pembrolizumab, requiring prolonged corticosteroid therapy. This case highlights the potential for insidious and late development of severe cutaneous toxicity following PD-1 inhibitor therapy and suggests that even prolonged immunosuppression may not necessarily compromise the efficacy of PD-1 inhibition in advanced melanoma.

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  • 2017