INTRODUCTION: Hidradenitis suppurativa is a complex, chronic, difficult to treat condition belonging to the spectrum of cutaneous immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Systemic treatment options for moderate-severe disease are limited to TNF-alpha antagonists and other biologic agents, with limited clinical evidence. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report two adult patients with severe hidradenitis suppurativa presenting concomitant psoriatic arthritis and multiple medical comorbidities. Both were ineligible or resistant to adalimumab, the only biologic drug approved for the treatment of hidradenitis. DIAGNOSIS: Both patients were diagnosed with severe Hurley III-stage disease and psoriatic arthritis, showing resistance to first-line systemic treatments and a complex comorbidity profile. INTERVENTIONS: Patients underwent treatment with apremilast, an oral phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor, approved for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. OUTCOMES: After 16 weeks of treatment, a clinically relevant improvement of inflammatory lesions, skin- and arthritis-related pain, and patient-reported outcomes was achieved in both patients. Apremilast was well tolerated and continued up to 48 weeks of treatment. CONCLUSION: We report the "real-life" use of apremilast in the treatment of multimorbid patients with hidradenitis suppurativa and review its potential role in the management of this severe condition.
- Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
- Arthritis, Psoriatic
- Hidradenitis Suppurativa
- Middle Aged
- hidradenitis suppurativa
- immune-mediated inflammatory disease
- psoriatic arthritis