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Low-dose glucocorticoid therapy decreases risk for treatment-limiting infusion reaction to infliximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
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PMID:  17502359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Treatment-limiting infusion reactions to infliximab have not been fully explained in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Our main objective is to investigate the role of daily oral glucocorticoids use on such reactions.
METHOD: Forty-three patients with immediate-type infusion reactions were identified in a large registry-based cohort. These patients were then compared with the entire cohort (n = 639) and, in a separate analysis, to a nested matched control group (n = 43). The following base-line variables were compared: use of oral glucocorticoids, health-assessment questionnaire, 28-joint count-based disease activity score, duration of disease and number of failed disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.
RESULTS: The proportion of infusions associated with infusion reactions decreased significantly during the study period (p = 0.0024). Fifty per cent of the patients in the cohort were treated with daily low-dose glucocorticoids at baseline. 15/326 (4.6%) patients had an infusion reaction as compared with 28/324 (8.6%) of patients without glucocorticoid treatment (p = 0.057). In the matched comparison, 15/43 (35%) of the cases were on low-dose glucocorticoids as compared with 27/43 (64%) of the controls (p = 0.017). The use of low-dose glucocorticoids was associated with a significantly lower risk for a treatment-limiting infusion reactions in a Kaplan-Meier analysis (p = 0.04). The number needed to treat to prevent a treatment-limiting infusion reaction was 25 (95% CI: 13 to 527) in the cohort.
CONCLUSION: The use of daily low-dose glucocorticoids is associated with a lower risk for treatment-limiting infusion reactions to infliximab. Overall, treatment-limiting infusion reactions have become significantly less common during the past 5 years.
Jenny Augustsson; Staffan Eksborg; Sofia Ernestam; Eleanor Gullström; Ronald van Vollenhoven
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-05-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the rheumatic diseases     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0003-4967     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Rheum. Dis.     Publication Date:  2007 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-15     Completed Date:  2007-11-09     Revised Date:  2013-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372355     Medline TA:  Ann Rheum Dis     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1462-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rheumatology, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, 171 76 Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anaphylaxis / chemically induced,  prevention & control
Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Antirheumatic Agents / administration & dosage,  adverse effects*
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / drug therapy*
Drug Administration Schedule
Drug Hypersensitivity / etiology*,  prevention & control
Drug Therapy, Combination
Epidemiologic Methods
Glucocorticoids / administration & dosage*,  therapeutic use
Infusions, Intravenous
Middle Aged
Prednisolone / administration & dosage*,  therapeutic use
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antibodies, Monoclonal; 0/Antirheumatic Agents; 0/Glucocorticoids; 0/infliximab; 50-24-8/Prednisolone

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