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Atezolizumab-induced scleroderma: a rare complication


Few cases of programmed death-ligand 1 inhibitor-induced scleroderma have been reported and their clinical features remain unpublished. Optimal management is, therefore, unknown and an autoantibody association has yet to be identified. We present the case of a female in her 60s who developed skin thickening after starting atezolizumab for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Skin biopsy 7 months after symptom onset showed histological changes consistent with scleroderma. Anti-PM/SCL-75 antibody was positive. Atezolizumab was discontinued and treatment was started with mycophenolate mofetil. After 5 months, she experienced mild improvement in skin thickening. Earlier identification of this complication may limit morbidity in this disease process, which otherwise has limited treatment options. In suspected cases, obtaining scleroderma-associated autoantibodies may help with earlier diagnosis.

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  • connective tissue disease
  • lung cancer (oncology)
  • chemotherapy
  • oncology

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