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Effectiveness of etanercept vs cyclophosphamide as treatment for patients with amyloid A amyloidosis secondary to rheumatoid arthritis.
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PMID:  22879465     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objectives. To compare the effectiveness of an alkylating agent with that of a biologic agent in the treatment of patients with amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis secondary to RA and to assess the association of the serum AA (SAA) 1.3 allele with treatment.Methods. CYC and etanercept (ETN) were administered to 62 and 24 RA patients, respectively, who were confirmed with biopsy as having AA amyloidosis. We evaluated whether the SAA1.3 allele, a factor indicating genetic risk and poor prognosis of Japanese RA patients with AA amyloidosis, influenced treatments and retrospectively analysed the effectiveness of both agents via statistical methods.Results. Two treatment groups were similar, except for the SAA1.3 genotype (P = 0.015) and duration of AA amyloidosis since diagnosis (P < 0.001). Also, patients given ETN had somewhat worse renal function, i.e. 24-h proteinuria (P = 0.02), at the initiation of treatment. ETN demonstrated greater effectiveness than CYC, as shown by significantly improved levels of serum CRP and serum albumin (both P < 0.01) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR; P = 0.032). ETN improved survival (P = 0.025), and the hazard ratios for the risk of death endpoint with eGFR and 24-h proteinuria were significant by P = 0.024 and P = 0.025, respectively. The SAA1.3 allele did not affect the response to medications in AA amyloidosis secondary to RA.Conclusion. ETN treatment was more effective than CYC treatment, and CRP, albumin and eGFR may be valuable biomarkers for analysis. The SAA1.3 allele was not a factor affecting treatment in Japanese patients with AA amyloidosis secondary to RA.
Tadashi Nakamura; Syu-Ichi Higashi; Kunihiko Tomoda; Michishi Tsukano; Masahiro Shono
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rheumatology (Oxford, England)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1462-0332     ISO Abbreviation:  Rheumatology (Oxford)     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
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Created Date:  2012-8-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100883501     Medline TA:  Rheumatology (Oxford)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Section of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, Section of Orthopaedics and Rheumatology, Kumamoto Center for Arthritis and Rheumatology and Yuge Hospital, Kumamoto, Japan.
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