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Leucocytoclastic vasculitis in a patient with azathioprine hypersensitivity.
  1. C. G. Beckett,
  2. P. Hill,
  3. K. R. Hine
  1. Department of Medicine, Princess Royal Hospital, West Sussex, UK.


    We report the case of a 77-year-old man admitted nine days after being commenced on azathioprine with symptoms initially thought to be secondary to sepsis but in fact due to azathioprine hypersensitivity. He developed histologically proven cutaneous leucocytoclastic vasculitis following the re-introduction of azathioprine. We review the literature concerning adverse reactions to azathioprine and the problems of making the diagnosis as well as highlighting azathioprine as a novel cause of leucocytoclastic vasculitis.

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