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Lokivetmab therapy for pruritus in a dog with cutaneous mastocytosis
- Meichner, Kristina, Kiupel, Matti, Kasantikul, Tanit, Rakich, Pauline, Banovic, Frane
- Veterinary dermatology 2019 v.30 no.1 pp. 73
- abdomen, antihistamines, biopsy, blood, blood chemistry, crossbreds, cyclosporine, dog diseases, dogs, exons, females, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, mast cells, monoclonal antibodies, mutation, polymerase chain reaction, prednisone, pruritus, remission, skin lesions, spaying, veterinary medicine
- BACKGROUND: Cutaneous mastocytosis (CM) is a rare disease of dogs characterized by rash, pruritus and proliferation of mast cells in the skin. Oral H1 antihistamines are recommended as the treatment to control pruritus. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVE: To describe the effective treatment of pruritus associated with CM with lokivetmab in one dog. ANIMAL: A 4‐year‐old, spayed female cross‐bred dog presented with severely pruritic, erythematous to pigmented macules and papules involving the ventral abdomen, interdigital skin, perivulval area and both pinnae; the pruritus had been unresponsive to treatment with antihistamines, prednisone and ciclosporin. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Complete blood count and serum biochemistry, abdominal ultrasound, blood smear and skin cytological evaluation, PCR, histopathological and immunohistochemical examination of skin biopsies. RESULTS: Skin cytological evaluation revealed high numbers of uniform, heavily granulated mast cells; histopathological findings showed focal dermal proliferations of well‐differentiated, uniform mast cells consistent with a low‐grade mast cell tumour (MCT). Clinical staging revealed that the disease was confined to the skin. Mutations of c‐kit exon 8 and 11 were not detected. Treatment was initiated with anti‐canine‐interleukin (IL)‐31 monoclonal antibody lokivetmab; antihistamines were continued. The dog's pruritus resolved within seven days and was maintained in remission over 15 months with once monthly lokivetmab injections; the skin lesions improved but did not resolve. CONCLUSION AND CLINICAL IMPORTANCE: Lokivetmab treatment was effective in resolving and maintaining pruritus remission in this dog with widespread cutaneous mast cell disease. Whether CM in dogs represent a separate entity that should be distinguished from a low‐grade MCT requires further investigation.