J Korean Rheum Assoc.  2008 Dec;15(4):317-321. 10.4078/jkra.2008.15.4.317.

A Case of Treatment with Etanercept in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient on Hemodialysis

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Eulji University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. rheumatism@eulji.ac.kr


Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) have been used for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with the aim of controlling synovitis and reducing radiologic progression. Although methotrexate (MTX) is one of the most effective DMARDs, it may cause severe adverse effects. Especially, hematologic toxicity including leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and fatal pancytopenia is reported in patients with impaired renal function, since renal excretion constitutes the major route of MTX elimination. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF alpha) inhibitors are well-established biologic agents for the treatment of RA and their clinical efficacy and safety are already demonstrated. But there were few reports on the efficacy and safety in dialysis patients. We described a case of hemodialysis patient with refractory RA that was successfully treated with etanercept, and discussed with literature review.


Rheumatoid arthritis; Tumor necrosis factor alpha blocker; Hemodialysis

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Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
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