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The purpose of this study is to determine whether subcutaneous immunoglobulin given in small doses, is effective in maintaining the force, in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy compared with placebo (saline infusions), and intravenous immunoglobulin.
CIDP is an autoimmune disease of the peripheral nervous system, responding well to treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg), steroids and plasmapheresis. IVIg is effective in treating patients with CIDP, but most of the patients need long time maintenance treatment, which is associated with decreased autonomy and regular hospital admissions. Furthermore many of the patients complain of infusion related side effects such as headache, chills and fatigue, and over time there is problems obtaining intravenous entry because of occlusion of the veins.
There is therefore a critical need for alternative methods to IVIg treatment. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy, tolerability and safety of small doses of immunoglobulin administered subcutaneously (SCIg), compared with placebo. At the same time we compare the efficacy of SCIg with the regular IVIg treatment.
We therefore hypothesize, 1: SCIg is better than subcutaneous placebo infusions, and is as good as IVIg in maintaining muscle function in patients with CIDP. 2: SCIg home treatment is safe and tolerable. 3: SCIg home treatment is preferred to IVIg under hospital admission, by the patients.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Polyradiculoneuropathy, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating
Aarhus University Hospital, Noerrebrogade, Department of Neurology
University of Aarhus
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:17:50-0400
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