New onset inflammatory bowel disease in patient treated with secukinumab: Case report and review of literature

Ailia K. Ali, Arman Torosian, Caroline Porter, Richard S. Bloomfeld, Steven R. Feldman

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Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin disorder that can vary in severity and extent of disease. While localized disease can be managed with topical medications, widespread disease often requires systemic therapy including biologics. This medication class targets different components of the immune system and thus modulates disease activity. The biologic secukinumab is a human monoclonal antibody against interleukin-17A used for the treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis; cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have been observed in clinical trials to be associated with this medication. This review aims to provide evidence for the relationships between secukinumab treatment and the development of IBD. We have examined review articles and original research papers, published between 2010 and 2020, using the following keywords: psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, secukinumab, IBD, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, interleukin-17, IL-17, IL-17 inhibitor. Case reports have noted an association between secukinumab use and IBD and have called for IBD pre-screening in patients who will be prescribed this medication. Clinical trials concluded that secukinumab was associated with IBD, while retrospective studies have had mixed results, with most studies showing no statistical significance between secukinumab and IBD but having seen patients with history of IBD or family histories experience new-onset IBD or flare-ups. Given the utilization of secukinumab as a therapy for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, appropriate screening and risk stratification could help limit morbidity and mortality that can be associated with secukinumab-induced IBD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere15151
JournalDermatologic Therapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021


  • Crohn's disease
  • IL-17
  • IL-17 inhibitor
  • gastrointestinal bleed
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • interleukin-17
  • psoriasis
  • secukinumab
  • ulcerative colitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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