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Dosage adjustment of anti-tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitor in ankylosing spondylitis is effective in maintaining remission in clinical practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22707611     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: While remission is possible in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), it is often unclear what attitude should be adopted once remission has occurred. We investigated whether dosage adjustment is an effective means of maintaining remission.
METHODS: This was a retrospective study drawn from clinical situations. Remission was defined using clinical measures [Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) ≤ 20/100 and no peripheral joint disease] and biological measures [C-reactive protein (CRP) levels ≤ normal value]. The tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) inhibitors used were infliximab, adalimumab, and etanercept. Response predictors of remission were evaluated by logistic regression (age, CRP, HLA-B27 positivity, sex, duration of disease, and anti-TNF-α naivety). CRP and BASDAI were evaluated before and after dosage adjustment at about 6, 12, 24, and 36 months.
RESULTS: One hundred eighty-nine patients with AS were included in the study, with a mean followup of 43.5 (± 17.9) months after the introduction of the first anti-TNF-α inhibitor. Mean age was 45.6 (± 12.5) years. Remission had occurred in 65 patients (35%). Significant response predictors of remission were male sex (p = 0.003) and anti-TNF-α naivety (p < 0.001). Dosage adjustment was observed 49 times, and progressively reducing treatment frequency was effective to maintain remission in a large number of patients for 36 months. The cumulative probability of continuing anti-TNF-α after dosage adjustment was 79.0% at 12 months, 70.5% at 24 months, and 58.8% at 36 months.
CONCLUSION: Remission had occurred in 35% of the patients with AS under anti-TNF-α inhibitor therapy. Dosage adjustment and progressively reducing treatment frequency was effective in maintaining remission.
Julien Paccou; Marie-Astrid Baclé-Boutry; Elisabeth Solau-Gervais; Peggy Bele-Philippe; René-Marc Flipo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-06-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of rheumatology     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0315-162X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Rheumatol.     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-03     Completed Date:  2012-11-26     Revised Date:  2013-05-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501984     Medline TA:  J Rheumatol     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1418-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital of Lille, Lille, France.
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MeSH Terms
Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage*
Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / administration & dosage*
Antirheumatic Agents / administration & dosage*
C-Reactive Protein / analysis
HLA-B27 Antigen / analysis
Immunoglobulin G / administration & dosage*
Middle Aged
Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor / administration & dosage*
Remission Induction
Retrospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index
Spondylitis, Ankylosing / drug therapy*
Treatment Outcome
Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / antagonists & inhibitors*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0/Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized; 0/Antirheumatic Agents; 0/HLA-B27 Antigen; 0/Immunoglobulin G; 0/Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor; 0/Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha; 0/infliximab; 185243-69-0/TNFR-Fc fusion protein; 9007-41-4/C-Reactive Protein; FYS6T7F842/adalimumab

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