Anti-Cytokine Therapy for Vasculitis

2014-08-27 03:27:40 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to determine whether Infliximab (monoclonal anti-tumour necrosis factor alpha antibodies) are safe and effective in the treatment of anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA) associated vasculitis.


Anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA) associated vasculitis is a life-threatening systemic inflammatory autoimmune disease. Current treatment regimes using corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide have improved patient survival but are associated with treatment associated morbidity and mortality. Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF) is a proinflammatory cytokine which has been implicated in the pathogenesis of ANCA vasculitis. Anti-TNF therapies have been used successfully in the management of other inflammatory autoimmune diseases. This phase II cohort study has been designed to investigate the safety and efficacy of anti-TNF monoclonal antibody (Infliximab) therapy for patients with ANCA associated vasculitis when used in addition to standard immunosuppressive therapy.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Wegener's Granulomatosis


Infliximab, Cyclophosphamide, Prednisolone, Azathioprine, Plasma exchange, Mycophenolate mofetil, Methylprednisolone


University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
West Midlands
United Kingdom
B15 2TT




University of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

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