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A rare case of meloxicam-induced pseudoporphyria


Drug-induced pseudoporphyria is commonly linked to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen, oxaprozin, ketoprofen, and ibuprofen. The NSAID meloxicam is not a commonly reported inciting agent. We report a case of meloxicam-induced pseudoporphyria in a 55-year-old woman with a past medical history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and osteoarthritis. She presented to the clinic with tense and denuded bullae on her dorsal feet, which was diagnosed as pseudoporphyria after further workup. Upon evaluating the patient's medication history, meloxicam was identified as the most likely inciting agent. The patient's condition resolved with the discontinuation of this medication. Our findings can help dermatologists effectively diagnose and treat meloxicam-induced pseudoporphyria in patients with similar cases.

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