Thalidomide induced xerosis: an unwanted reaction

Nagesh Kamath, Anurag Shetty, Harneet Singh, Shiran Shetty, Srinivasa Rao Sirasanagandla


A 59-year-old male exhibited anemia for evaluation. Endoscopy was diagnostic of gastric antral vascular ectasia. He was given a trial of thalidomide after informing about the adverse effects. After starting thalidomide at 100 mg/day, his hemoglobin (Hb) improved. Post 1 month of therapy his Hb normalized, but he developed xerosis. He was given symptomatic treatment, but did not improve. Thalidomide was suspected to cause xerosis, it was discontinued for a month and post-discontinuation of drug he is symptom free for past 8 months. This paper reports a rare case of thalidomide induced xerosis with dermatological and neurological involvement.


Anemia, Gastric antral vascular ectasia, Thalidomide, Xerosis

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