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Life-threatening asthma attack during prolonged fingolimod treatment: case report

Authors Zecca C, Caporro M, Györik S, Gobbi C

Received 8 April 2014

Accepted for publication 14 May 2014

Published 14 July 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 987—989

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S65708

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Chiara Zecca,1,* Matteo Caporro,1,* Sandor Györik,2 Claudio Gobbi1

1Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland, Department of Neurology, Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland; 2Department of Internal Medicine, Ospedale Regionale di Bellinzona, Bellinzona, Switzerland

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Fingolimod (FTY) mediates bronchoconstriction by interacting with sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors. The majority of the reported adverse respiratory events occur during the first weeks of treatment.
Case presentation: A 49-year-old woman developed a life-threatening asthma attack after 6 months of continuous FTY treatment. The adverse event required prolonged hospitalization, and the patient recovered without sequelae after FTY interruption. A history of previous airway hyperreactivity and a concurrent viral respiratory infection possibly acted as predisposing factors.
Conclusion: This first description of a severe, life-threatening asthma attack during prolonged FTY treatment suggests the need for long-term clinical surveillance, especially in patients with known predisposing factors.

Keywords: multiple sclerosis, bronchial hyper-reactivity

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