Affiliation: Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Medicine, Dermatology Department, 09100 Aydin, Turkey.
Patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis, will require phototherapy, systemic therapy, or both for adequate disease control. Although a number of well established therapies are available for psoriasis, there are still unmet needs remain, such as longterm safety and practicability. Psoriasis currently regarded as an immune-mediated inflammatory disease, inflammatory response is amplified as a result of increased tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α expression in psoriatic plaques. New biological agents targeting TNFα are promising in psoriasis therapy. Adalimumab is an fully human recombinant IgG 1 monoclonal antibody specific for human TNF α that has been approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Adalimumab has only recently been introduced to dermatology. Given the known pathophysiologic role of TNF in psoriasis, this brief review aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of adalimumab in the treatment of psoriasis and other dermatoses which it found off-label uses.