Exacerbation of lupus panniculitis following anti-hepatitis-B vaccination.


Even though benefits of vaccination policies have been widely demonstrated, vaccine injections might be associated with rare side effects. In this setting, the potential role of vaccines, mostly against hepatitis B virus, in the induction of autoimmunity has been a matter of controversy. We report the case of a woman followed for a lupus panniculitis which had been in remission for 3 years, who developed a lupus flare following an anti-hepatitis-B vaccine injection. The topography of recurring lupus lesions, the chronology of the flare and the increase in the antinuclear autoantibody serum level all supported a causal role for vaccination in the relapse of the lupus lesions. We believe that the present case might provide a first observation of lupus panniculitis possibly induced by hepatitis B vaccination, and this should be added to the range of dysimmune manifestations caused by vaccinations.

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@article{Choffray2007ExacerbationOL, title={Exacerbation of lupus panniculitis following anti-hepatitis-B vaccination.}, author={A Choffray and Laure Pinquier and Herv{\'e} Bachelez}, journal={Dermatology}, year={2007}, volume={215 2}, pages={152-4} }