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May 1980

Treatment of Prurigo Nodularis With Thalidomide

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Dermatology, Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Ill, and the Department of Dermatology, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(5):571-572. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640290081018

• A 57-year-old man with prurigo nodularis, unresponsive to conventional therapy, was successfully treated with thalidomide. The pharmacology and side effects of the drug are briefly reviewed. Why thalidomide is effective for prurigo nodularis is unclear, but possible mechanisms of action are discussed.

(Arch Dermatol 116:571-572, 1980)