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Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix arising in a patient on adalimumab � a need for cervical screenings in patients on tumor necrosis factor inhibitors


Adalimumab, a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor, has been approved for treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa. We report a case of cervical cancer in a patient with hidradenitis suppurativa taking adalimumab, which prompted discontinuation of the medication. Physicians should obtain a detailed cervical medical history before putting a female patient on a TNF inhibitor. Patients on TNF inhibitors who have pre-existing cervical issues such as human papillomavirus (HPV), dysplasia, or high grade intraepithelial lesions should be counseled about an increased risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the cervix while on a TNF inhibitor. Furthermore, patients on TNF inhibitors should comply with the national screening guidelines for cervical cancer and be tested for human papillomavirus.

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