Biologic drugs for treatment of macrophage activation syndrome

2019-05-13
Bhaskar Dasgupta

Are biologic drugs used in the treatment of macrophage activation syndrome?

Bhaskar Dasgupta, MD: At the moment we do not use biologics apart from anakinra, which is generally used in Still disease, in systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), for interleukin 1 inhibition, and that is quite effective. Tocilizumab has been used in systemic JIA but paradoxically it has also been incriminated in causing macrophage activation syndrome in a few cases.

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