Scientific article
Case report

Rheumatoid meningitis occurring during adalimumab and methotrexate treatment

Published inJoint bone spine, vol. 79, no. 1, p. 90-92
Publication date2012

Rheumatoid arthritis is well known for multiple extra-articular manifestations. Here, we present a case of chronic rheumatoid meningitis occurring during treatment with methotrexate and the tumour necrosis factor (TNF) alpha antibody adalimumab. Nine and seven months, respectively, into the course of these two treatments, a 59-year-old Caucasian lady with mild, early, seropositive rheumatoid arthritis developed headaches and psychomotor retardation followed by seizures. The diagnosis was confirmed by a brain biopsy showing a necrotizing granulomatous meningitis. Withdrawal of both drugs and high dose corticosteroids led to marked improvement. The addition of the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab allowed discontinuation of the corticosteroids. This is the fifth published case describing the occurrence of rheumatoid meningitis during treatment with TNF blockers. TNF blockers and methotrexate thus do not appear to prevent this complication, and may even contribute to its development.

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized/therapeutic use
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived/therapeutic use
  • Antirheumatic Agents/therapeutic use
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid/diagnosis/drug therapy
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Meningitis/diagnosis/drug therapy
  • Methotrexate/therapeutic use
  • Middle Aged
  • Prednisone/therapeutic use
  • Treatment Outcome
Citation (ISO format)
HUYS, Anne-Catherine M L, GUERNE, Pierre-André, HORVATH, Judit. Rheumatoid meningitis occurring during adalimumab and methotrexate treatment. In: Joint bone spine, 2012, vol. 79, n° 1, p. 90–92. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2011.07.008
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ISSN of the journal1297-319X

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