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Immunoadsorption in steroid-refractory multiple sclerosis: Clinical experience in 60 patients.
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PMID:  23357160     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common autoimmune inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system with a frequently relapsing or progressive course. For steroid-resistant relapse, plasma exchange (PE) has been established as guidelines-recommended treatment option. While PE is a non-selective extracorporeal blood purification process with elimination of plasma and subsequent substitution, immunoadsorption (IA) is a selective technique for the removal of autoantibodies and immune complexes with less adverse effects. So far there are only few reports on the treatment of MS by IA. The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the efficacy and safety of IA as an escalation therapy in MS patients.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 60 patients with steroid-refractory MS relapse were treated by IA and analyzed retrospectively. Patients received six standardized IA sessions using a non-regenerable tryptophan immunoadsorber, at average 58 days after first indications of relapse. The treated plasma volume was two liters per IA session. Outcome was measured as improvement in relapse symptoms. From the pilot phase of the study comprising the first fourteen patients, detailed neurological examinations before and after IA such as Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), Functional System Score (FS) and visual acuity are reported. Of the following 46 patients, only qualitative data regarding the therapeutic success, and in addition clinical data on tolerability, are presently available.
RESULTS: In 53 of 60 patients clinically relevant improvement of the main symptom of MS relapse was noted after IA, there was no change in six patients, deterioration in one. This corresponds to a response rate of 88%. Symptomatic improvement was first registered on average after the third IA. 87.5% of patients could be treated through a peripheral venous access. Only 12.5% needed a central venous catheter. In four of 396 single treatments (1%) significant complications occurred, mild side effects or discomfort were registered 16 times (4%). If peripheral venous access was chosen, missed puncture or puncture hematoma occurred in 22 cases (5.5%).
CONCLUSION: Immunoadsorption for the treatment of steroid-refractory MS relapse is safe and effective. The response rate was 88% and non-inferior to previous results with plasma exchange. Due to good tolerability, the treatment with immunoadsorption, which is usually possible through a peripheral venous access, can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Franz Heigl; Reinhard Hettich; Rainer Arendt; Joachim Durner; Jürgen Koehler; Erich Mauch
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Atherosclerosis. Supplements     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1878-5050     ISO Abbreviation:  Atheroscler Suppl     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100973461     Medline TA:  Atheroscler Suppl     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  167-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Crown Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Dres. Heigl, Hettich & Partner Medizinisches Versorgungszentrum Kempten-Allgäu, Robert-Weixler-Straße 19, 87439 Kempten, Germany. Electronic address:
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