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By P. I. Novikov, I. O. Smitienko, M. V. Sokolova and S. V. Moiseev


Certolizumab pegol (CZP) is the only pegylated biological agent (BA) that does not contain an Fc fragment, which minimizes its transplacental transfer. Takayasu arteritis mostly occurs in reproductive-aged women.Objective: to evaluate the efficacy and safety of CZP used to treat standard immunosuppressive therapy-resistant Takayasu arteritis.Subjects and methods. The retrospective study enrolled 6 female patients aged 18 to 35 years with Takayasu arteritis who received CZP. The median disease duration before BA usage was 66 months (24 to 204 months). The median duration of immunosuppressive therapy prior to CZP treatment was 92 months (14 to 132 months). All the female patients had taken glucocorticoids and methotrexate before and during CZP therapy. Only four patients had received two to five immunosuppressive drugs at different times prior to BA administration. Three patients had previously used other BAs. The disease activity was determined by the National Institute of Health (NIH) criteria. The Indian Takayasu Clinical Activity Score (ITAS2010) was used. The disease activity was recorded in all the patients prior to CZP therapy.Results and discussion. The median duration of CZP treatment was 17 months (6 to 24 months). The median erythrocyte sedimentation rate after CZP usage decreased from 22.5 to 10.5 mm/h; the median C-reactive protein level dropped from 7.8 to 0.39 mg/dl (p<0.05), the median daily dose of prednisolone was reduced from 20 to 8.75 mg (p<0.05). All the patients achieved complete remission an average of 4 months after starting CZP therapy. Three patients were still in remission after 12–24 months. One relapse of the disease was recorded following 24 months. ITAS2010 reduced from 1–4 to 0 in five patients and to 2 in one patient with recurrence. There was a good tolerance in five female patients. The adverse events were herpes labialis in two cases, community-acquired pneumonia in one case, and postoperative abscess in one case too.Conclusion. CZP in Takayasu arteritis was shown to be an effective drug for remission induction and maintenance. The presented results of the first experience in treating this disease with CZP are indicative of its promising further investigation as a steroid-sparing drug in patients with refractory vasculitis. One of the important advantages of CZP is its supposed high safety throughout pregnancy

Topics: TNF-α inhibitors, Takayasu arteritis, certolizumab pegol, Diseases of the musculoskeletal system, RC925-935
Publisher: IMA-PRESS LLC
Year: 2018
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