Pharmacokinetic Study of Rituximab Induction Regimen in ANCA-associated Vasculitis

2015-06-19 04:38:22 | BioPortfolio


The aim of the investigators' study is to evaluate whether monitoring serum rituximab levels could be an interesting tool in the follow-up of ANCA-associated vasculitis patients.

All consecutive patients, hospitalized for a new diagnosis of ANCA-associated vasculitis or the relapse of a known ANCA-associated vasculitis, in which the decision to start an induction regimen with rituximab has been taken, will be included.

Serum rituximab levels (along with serum anti-rituximab antibodies levels) will be determined (at M+1 and M+3) and the correlation with clinical outcome at M+6 will be analyzed.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective


Granulomatosis, Wegener's


blood specimen


Hôpital de la Croix Rousse


Not yet recruiting


Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Saint Etienne

Results (where available)

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A multisystemic disease of a complex genetic background. It is characterized by inflammation of the blood vessels (VASCULITIS) leading to damage in any number of organs. The common features include granulomatous inflammation of the RESPIRATORY TRACT and kidneys. Most patients have measurable autoantibodies (ANTINEUTROPHIL CYTOPLASMIC ANTIBODIES) against neutrophil proteinase-3 (WEGENER AUTOANTIGEN).

A condition that is characterized by inflammation, ulceration, and perforation of the nose and the PALATE with progressive destruction of midline facial structures. This syndrome can be manifested in several diseases including the nasal type of EXTRANODAL NK-T-CELL LYMPHOMA and WEGENER GRANULOMATOSIS.

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