An Unusual Presentation of Inflammatory Shoulder Arthritis Associated with Nivolumab: A Case Report

Sarah E. Lindsay, Lindsey Wurster, Kirsten Woolf, Kenneth R. Gundle

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Abstract

CASE: A 68-year-old woman with a history of stage IIIC (T3bN1bM0) melanoma with metastases to her right axilla status after 10 cycles of nivolumab presented with right shoulder pain. Radiographs showed a progressive erosive glenohumeral joint lesion. The workup was negative for metastasis and infection. Her clinical and radiographic findings were consistent with erosive arthritis. The patient underwent shoulder hemiarthroplasty and experienced substantial improvements. CONCLUSION: This is an unusual case of inflammatory arthritis associated with nivolumab, an antiprogrammed cell death protein 1, and is an important reminder of the musculoskeletal toxicities associated with immunotherapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJBJS case connector
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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