The Goeckerman Regimen as an Effective Treatment Modality for Checkpoint Inhibitor Dermatoses

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Nicholas Brownstone
Daniel Cummins
Jocelyn Gandelman
Tina Bhutani
Wilson Liao


Goeckerman regimen, checkpoint inhibitor dermatosis, bullous pemphigoid, psoriasiform dermatitis, cytotoxic dermatitis, goeckerman regimen, checkpoint inhibitor, bullous, psorasiform dermatitis, cytotoxic dermatitis


The development of immune checkpoint inhibitors has been a major breakthrough in cancer therapy. Here, we report the effective use of the Goeckerman regimen in the treatment of an evolving immune checkpoint inhibitor dermatosis. The patient is a 67-year-old male who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in April 2015 and was started on pembrolizumab presenting with subsequent skin eruptions (psoriasiform dermatitis and bullous disease). He received eight months of Goeckerman therapy at University of California, San Francisco, Psoriasis and Skin Treatment Center. Within days of starting Goeckerman therapy, he had rapid improvement in his skin lesions along with a reduction in pruritus. The Goeckerman regimen is further discussed as a novel treatment method for checkpoint inhibitor dermatoses.


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