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Arthritis Rheumatol ; 2019 Jun 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31237427


OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of infliximab (IFX) versus adalimumab (ADA) as first biologic drug in a large series of patients with refractory uveitis due to Behçet's disease (BD) for 1-year period. METHODS: Open-label multicenter study of IFX or ADA-treated patients with BD-uveitis refractory to conventional non-biologic treatment. IFX or ADA were chosen as first biologic treatment based on physician and patient agreement. Dosing schedule was: IFX: 3-5 mg/kg i.v. at 0, 2 and 6 weeks and every 4-8 weeks thereafter, and ADA: 40 mg/s.c./every other week without loading dose. Comparison between patients treated with IFX and patients treated with ADA was performed. RESULTS: 177 patients (316 affected eyes) were included. IFX was used in 103 and ADA in 74 cases. No significant differences at baseline were observed between IFX vs ADA groups regarding main demographic features, previous therapy and ocular severity. After one year of therapy, we observed an improvement in all ocular parameters in both groups. However, ADA therapy yielded better outcome in some parameters that in some cases yielded statistically significant differences: anterior chamber inflammation (78.18% in IFX-treated vs 92.31%in ADA-treated; p=0.06), vitritis (78.95% vs 93.33%; p=0.04), retinal vasculitis (97% vs 95%; p=0.28), macular thickness (264.89±59.74 vs 250.62±36.85; p=0.15), best-corrected visual acuity (0.67±0.34 vs 0.81±0.26; p=0.001), and drug retention (84.95% vs 95.24%; p=0.042). CONCLUSION: Although IFX and ADA yields efficacy refractory BD uveitis, ADA appears to be associated with better outcome than IFX after one-year follow-up. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Semin Arthritis Rheum ; 45(3): 361-8, 2015 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26092330


OBJECTIVES: To assess anti-TNF-α therapy response in uveitis associated with sarcoidosis refractory to conventional immunosuppressive therapy. METHODS: Open-label, multicenter, retrospective study on patients with sarcoid uveitis who underwent anti-TNF-α therapy because of inadequate response to conventional therapy including corticosteroids and at least 1 systemic synthetic immunosuppressive drug. The main outcome measurements were degree of anterior and posterior chamber inflammation, visual acuity, macular thickness, and immunosuppression load. RESULTS: A total of 17 patients (8 men; 29 affected eyes; mean ± standard deviation age 38.4 ± 16.8; range: 13-76 years) were studied. The patients had bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy (58.8%), lung parenchyma involvement (47.1%), peripheral lymph nodes (41.2%), and involvement of other organs (52.9%). Angiotensin-converting enzyme was elevated in 58.8%. The most frequent ocular pattern was bilateral chronic relapsing panuveitis. The first biologic agent used was adalimumab in 10 (58.8%) and infliximab in 7 (41.2%) cases. Infliximab 5mg/kg intravenously every 4-8 weeks and adalimumab 40mg subcutaneously every 2 weeks were the most common administration patterns. In most cases anti-TNF-α therapy was given in combination with immunosuppressive drugs. The mean duration of follow-up was 33.9 ± 17.1 months. Significant improvement was observed following anti-TNF-α therapy. Baseline results versus results at 2 years from the onset of biologic therapy were the following: the median of cells in the ocular anterior chamber (interquartile range-IQR) 0.5 (0-2) versus 0 (0-0) (p = 0.003), vitritis 0 (0-1.25) versus 0 (0-0) (p = 0.008), macular thickness (391.1 ± 58.8 versus 247 ± 40.5µm) (p = 0.028), and visual acuity 0.60 ± 0.33 versus 0.74 ± 0.27; p = 0.009. The median daily (interquartile range) dose of prednisone was also reduced from 10 (0-30)mg at the onset of the anti-TNF-α therapy to 0 (0-0)mg at 2 years (p = 0.02). Significant reduction was also achieved in the immunosuppressive load. CONCLUSION: Anti-TNF-α therapy is effective in sarcoid uveitis patients refractory to conventional immunosuppressive therapy. Infliximab and adalimumab allowed a substantial reduction in prednisone dose despite having failed standard therapy.

Adalimumab/uso terapêutico , Imunossupressores/uso terapêutico , Infliximab/uso terapêutico , Sarcoidose/tratamento farmacológico , Uveíte/tratamento farmacológico , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Ciclosporina/uso terapêutico , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Metotrexato/uso terapêutico , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prednisona/uso terapêutico , Retratamento , Estudos Retrospectivos , Sarcoidose/complicações , Resultado do Tratamento , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/antagonistas & inibidores , Uveíte/complicações , Adulto Jovem
Rheumatology (Oxford) ; 53(12): 2223-31, 2014 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24996907


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of anti-TNF-α therapy in refractory uveitis due to Behçet's disease (BD). METHODS: We performed a multicentre study of 124 patients with BD uveitis refractory to conventional treatment including high-dose corticosteroids and at least one standard immunosuppressive agent. Patients were treated for at least 12 months with infliximab (IFX) (3-5 mg/kg at 0, 2 and 6 weeks and then every 4-8 weeks) or adalimumab (ADA) (usually 40 mg every 2 weeks). The main outcome measures were degree of anterior and posterior chamber inflammation, visual acuity, macular thickness and immunosuppression load. RESULTS: Sixty-eight men and 56 women (221 affected eyes) were studied. The mean age was 38.6 years (s.d. 10.4). HLA-B51 was positive in 66.1% of patients and uveitis was bilateral in 78.2%. IFX was the first biologic agent in 77 cases (62%) and ADA was first in 47 (38%). In most cases anti-TNF-α drugs were used in combination with conventional immunosuppressive drugs. At the onset of anti-TNF-α therapy, anterior chamber and vitreous inflammation was observed in 57% and 64.4% of patients, respectively. In both conditions the damage decreased significantly after 1 year. At baseline, 50 patients (80 eyes) had macular thickening [optical coherence tomography (OCT) >250 µm] and 35 (49 eyes) had cystoid macular oedema (OCT>300 µm) that improved from 420 µm (s.d. 119.5) at baseline to 271 µm (s.d. 45.6) at month 12 (P < 0.01). The best-corrected visual acuity and the suppression load also showed significant improvement. After 1 year of follow-up, 67.7% of patients were inactive. Biologic therapy was well tolerated in most cases. CONCLUSION: Anti-TNF-α therapy is effective and relatively safe in refractory BD uveitis.

Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Monoclonais/uso terapêutico , Síndrome de Behçet/tratamento farmacológico , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/antagonistas & inibidores , Uveíte/tratamento farmacológico , Adalimumab , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Anticorpos Monoclonais/administração & dosagem , Anticorpos Monoclonais/efeitos adversos , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/administração & dosagem , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/efeitos adversos , Síndrome de Behçet/complicações , Produtos Biológicos/efeitos adversos , Produtos Biológicos/uso terapêutico , Criança , Esquema de Medicação , Resistência a Medicamentos , Quimioterapia Combinada , Feminino , Seguimentos , Glucocorticoides/administração & dosagem , Glucocorticoides/uso terapêutico , Humanos , Imunossupressores/uso terapêutico , Infliximab , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prednisona/administração & dosagem , Prednisona/uso terapêutico , Resultado do Tratamento , Uveíte/etiologia , Adulto Jovem