What are medical causes of guttate psoriasis?

Updated: Oct 16, 2020
  • Author: Kirstin Altman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Drug therapy, including biologic agents, may sometimes precipitate a guttate-type flare. The most commonly implicated medications include lithium, beta-blockers, antimalarial drugs, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. [25] Immunomodulatory drugs such as antiprogrammed cell death-1 (PD-1) inhibitors, infliximab, etanercept, imatinib, and adalimumab have also been reported to cause guttate psoriasis. [26, 27, 28, 29]

A positive family history of psoriasis may be present, and the outcome is generally good. [30, 31]

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