A case of malignant melanoma associated with polymyositis treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors

Hayato Nomura, Osamu Yamasaki, Tatsuya Kaji, Hiroshi Wakabayashi, Yoshia Miyawaki, Shin Morizane

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A 61-year-old man was diagnosed with polymyositis, and treatment with prednisolone(PSL)was initiated in May2013. Computed tomography (CT) analysis revealed left cervical and axillary lymphadenopathy before the treatment, but the findings had been followed-up. However, the lymph nodes became larger, and the biopsyrevealed that theywere malignant melanoma. Further examination did not reveal anyprimary lesion. There was no clinical improvement after DTIC therapy and DAC-Tam-Feron therapy ; vemurafenib was administered from May 2015. After the initiation of vemurafenib, the size of the metastatic lesions reduced immediately. However, we changed vemurafenib to nivolumab at a dose of 2 mg/kg every 3 weeks because of disease progression. The patient complained of fatigue and his serum myogenic enzyme levels elevated after the second administration of nivolumab. These signs and symptoms were considered to indicate the exacerbation of polymyositis. Nivolumab was continued with PSL at 20 mg ; his condition improved, and his serum myogenic enzyme levels rapidly decreased. However, his metastatic lesions did not reduce after five courses of nivolumab. Furthermore, ipilimumab was also ineffective ; thereafter, dabrafenib and trametinib treatment was initiated in June 2016. The tumors were well controlled ; however, he became resistant to the drugs. Despite treatment, he died of melanoma in July 2017. Although an immune checkpoint inhibitor exacerbated a pre-existing autoimmune disorder, we were able to continue the therapywith appropriate management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-400
Number of pages5
JournalNishinihon Journal of Dermatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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