Rituximab versus Cyclophosphamide in ANCA-Associated Renal Vasculitis.

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Background: Cyclophosphamide induction regimens for antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis are effective in 70 to 90% of patients, but they are associated with high rates of death and adverse events. Treatment with rituximab has led to remission rates of 80 to 90% among patients with refractory ANCA-associated vasculitis and may be safer than cyclophosphamide regimens. Methods: We compared rituximab with cyclophosphamide as induction therapy in ANCA-associated vasculitis. We randomly assigned, in a 3:1 ratio, 44 patients with newly diagnosed ANCA-associated vasculitis and renal involvement to a standard glucocorticoid regimen plus either rituximab at a dose of 375 mg per square meter of body-surface area per week for 4 weeks, with two intravenous cyclophosphamide pulses (33 patients, the rituximab group), or intravenous cyclophosphamide for 3 to 6 months followed by azathioprine (11 patients, the control group). Primary end points were sustained remission rates at 12 months and severe adverse events. Results: The median age was 68 years, and the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was 18 ml per minute per 1.73 m(sup 2) of body-surface area. A total of 25 patients in the rituximab group (76%) and 9 patients in the control group (82%) had a sustained remission (P=0.68). Severe adverse events occurred in 14 patients in the rituximab group (42%) and 4 patients in the control group (36%) (P=0.77). Six of the 33 patients in the rituximab group (18%) and 2 of the 11 patients in the control group (18%) died (P=1.00). The median increase in the GFR between 0 and 12 months was 19 ml per minute in the rituximab group and 15 ml per minute in the control group (P=0.14). Conclusions: A rituximab-based regimen was not superior to standard intravenous cyclophosphamide for severe ANCA-associated vasculitis. Sustained-remission rates were high in both groups, and the rituximab-based regimen was not associated with reductions in early severe adverse events. (Funded by Cambridge University Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust and F. Hoffmann-La Roche; Current Controlled Trials number, ISRCTN28528813.) N Engl J Med 2010;363:211-20.

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Authors
  • Rachel B. Jones
  • Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert
  • Thomas Hauser
  • Raashid Luqmani
  • Matthew D. Morgan
  • Chen Au Peh
  • Caroline O. Savage
  • Mårten Segelmark
  • Vladimir Tesar
  • Pieter van Paassen
  • Dorothy Walsh
  • Michael Walsh
  • Kerstin Westman
  • David R. W. Jayne
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  • Urology and Nephrology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-220
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume363
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes