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The 10-year follow-up data of the Euro-Lupus Nephritis Trial comparing low-dose and high-dose intravenous cyclophosphamide.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19155235     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To update the follow-up of the Euro-Lupus Nephritis Trial (ELNT), a randomised prospective trial comparing low-dose (LD) and high-dose (HD) intravenous (IV) cyclophosphamide (CY) followed by azathioprine (AZA) as treatment for proliferative lupus nephritis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data for survival and kidney function were prospectively collected during a 10-year period for the 90 patients randomised in the ELNT, except in 6 lost to follow-up. RESULTS: Death, sustained doubling of serum creatinine and end-stage renal disease rates did not differ between the LD and HD group (5/44 (11%) vs 2/46 (4%), 6/44 (14%) vs 5/46 (11%) and 2/44 (5%) vs 4/46 (9%), respectively) nor did mean serum creatinine, 24 h proteinuria and damage score at last follow-up. Most patients in both groups were still treated with glucocorticoids, other immunosuppressant agents and blood pressure lowering drugs. After 10 years of follow-up, the positive predictive value for a good outcome of an early drop in proteinuria in response to initial immunosuppressive therapy was confirmed. CONCLUSION: The data confirm that a LD IVCY regimen followed by AZA-the "Euro-Lupus regimen"-achieves good clinical results in the very long term.
F A Houssiau; C Vasconcelos; D D'Cruz; G D Sebastiani; E de Ramon Garrido; M G Danieli; D Abramovicz; D Blockmans; A Cauli; H Direskeneli; M Galeazzi; A Gül; Y Levy; P Petera; R Popovic; R Petrovic; R A Sinico; R Cattaneo; J Font; G Depresseux; J-P Cosyns; R Cervera
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the rheumatic diseases     Volume:  69     ISSN:  1468-2060     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Rheum. Dis.     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-16     Completed Date:  2010-02-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372355     Medline TA:  Ann Rheum Dis     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  61-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rheumatology Department, Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, Université catholique de Louvain, Avenue Hippocrate, 10, B-1200 Bruxelles, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Azathioprine / therapeutic use
Cyclophosphamide / administration & dosage*,  therapeutic use
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Drug Therapy, Combination
Epidemiologic Methods
Immunosuppressive Agents / administration & dosage*,  therapeutic use
Injections, Intravenous
Kidney Function Tests
Lupus Nephritis / drug therapy*,  physiopathology
Middle Aged
Proteinuria / drug therapy
Treatment Outcome
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Immunosuppressive Agents; 446-86-6/Azathioprine; 50-18-0/Cyclophosphamide

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