Biologic Treatment Outcomes in Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid: A Systematic Review
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2021
BACKGROUND Mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP) is an autoimmune disease, which can lead to fibrosis of mucous membranes and functional impairment. Biologic agents should be explored as alternative treatment options to improve outcomes. OBJECTIVE To conduct a systematic review of biologic treatment outcomes in patients with MMP. METHODS MEDLINE and EMBASE search was conducted on July 23(rd), 2020 to include 63 studies using PRISMA guidelines. RESULTS Use of IVIG (n=154), rituximab (n=112), TNFα inhibitors (n=7), and combination treatments (n=58) were reported in 331 patients with MMP. IVIG led to complete resolution in 61.7% (n=95/154) of patients within 26.0 months, with a recurrence rate of 22.7% (n=35/154) and headache as the most common side effect (8.4%, n=13/154). Rituximab led to complete resolution in 70.5% (n=79/112) of patients within 8.7 months, with a recurrence rate of 35.7% (n=40/112). Most commonly reported side effects were urinary tract infections (4.5%, n=5/112), leukocytopenia (2.7%, n=3/112), death due to severe infections (1.8%, n=2/112). TNFα inhibitors led to complete resolution in 71.4% (n=5/7) of patients within 3.9 months of treatment, without reported adverse events. CONCLUSIONS Randomized clinical trials with long term follow up are required to conclude the promising safety and efficacy of biologic agents in MMP patients.
Efficacy and safety of intravenous and subcutaneous immunoglobulin therapy in idiopathic inflammatory myopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Autoimmunity reviews. 2021;:102997
OBJECTIVE To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis on the efficacy and safety of intravenous (IVIg) and subcutaneous (SCIg) immunoglobulin (Ig) therapy in the treatment of idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) and juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). METHODS PubMed, Embase and SCOPUS were searched to identify studies on Ig therapy in patients with IIM and/or JDM (2010-2020). Outcome measures were complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) in terms of muscle power and extramuscular disease activity measures on the International Myositis Assessment and Clinical Studies Group (IMACS) core set domains. RESULTS Twenty-nine studies were included (n = 576, 544 IIM, 32 JDM). Muscle power PR with pooled Ig therapy was 88.5% (95% confidence interval (CI): 80.6-93.5, n = 499) and PR with SCIg treatment was 96.61% (95% CI: 87.43-99.15, n = 59). Pooled PR with first-line use of IVIg was 77.07% (95% CI: 61.25-92.89, n = 80). Overall, mean time to response was 2.9 months (95% CI: 1.9-4.1). Relapse was seen in 22.76% (95% CI: 14.9-33). Studies on cutaneous disease activity and dysphagia showed significant treatment responses. Glucocorticoid and immunosuppressant sparing effect was seen in 40.9% (95% CI: 20-61.7) and 42.2% (95% CI: 20.4-64.1) respectively. Ig therapy was generally safe with low risk of infection (1.37%, 95% CI: 0.1-2.6). CONCLUSIONS Add-on Ig therapy improves muscle strength in patients with refractory IIM, but evidence on Ig therapy in new-onset disease and extramuscular disease activity is uncertain.
Evaluation of high-dose aspirin elimination in the treatment of Kawasaki disease in the incidence of coronary artery aneurysm
Annals of pediatric cardiology. 2021;14(2):146-151
BACKGROUND Standard first-step therapy for Kawasaki disease consists of Intravenous immunoglobulin and high dose Aspirin (80-100 mg/kg/day). The standard dose of Intravenous immunoglobulin (2gr/kg) is strongly effective in reducing the risk of coronary arteries abnormalities. So, the proper dose and efficacy of Aspirin to decrease the risk of coronary arteries abnormalities is a controversial issue. In this study, it is tried to assess the result of eliminating high-dose Aspirin in the treatment of the acute phase of Kawasaki and observe the incidence rate of coronary arteries abnormalities when only Intravenous immunoglobulin was administered. METHODS This study is a prospective randomized, open-label, blinded end-points clinical trial performed in Afzalipour hospital in Kerman University of Medical Sciences from September 2017 to September 2018 in 62 patients with typical and atypical Kawasaki disease. The study group received Intravenous immunoglobulin (2 g/kg) and the control group get the same dose of Intravenous immunoglobulin plus Aspirin with the dose of 80-100 mg/Kg/day until they were afebrile for 48 hours. Afterward, both groups received a daily single dose (3-5 mg/kg) of Aspirin for six weeks. Echocardiography was done after two weeks, six weeks, and six months. Internal diameter of the left and right main coronary arteries was measured and then the corresponding Z-score was calculated. RESULTS In the study group, coronary arteries abnormalities decreased from 38.7% in the 2nd week to 16.1% in the 6th month. In the control group, it declined from 54.8% to 22.6%. There was no statistically significant difference between the groups in term of frequency of abnormal coronary arteries at the study period (P=0.151). CONCLUSIONS We concluded that high dose Aspirin does not have a significant role in preventing coronary arteries abnormalities in Kawasaki disease and giving standard 2 gr/kg/day Intravenous immunoglobulin without high-dose Aspirin in acute-phases therapy does not increase the risk of coronary arteries abnormality.
Is there an association between intravenous immunoglobulin resistance and coronary artery lesion in Kawasaki disease?-Current evidence based on a meta-analysis
PloS one. 2021;16(3):e0248812
BACKGROUND Coronary artery lesion (CAL) caused by Kawasaki disease (KD) is a leading cause of acquired heart disease in children. Initial treatment of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) can reduce the incidence of CAL. Although most of the current studies have shown a certain correlation between CAL and IVIG resistance, the conclusions are not completely consistent. Thus, we performed this meta-analysis to evaluate the association between IVIG resistance and CAL in KD. METHODS PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure through April 21, 2020 were searched to detect relevant studies. Data analysis was performed with STATA 15.1. RESULTS A total of 53 relevant studies were eligible to this analysis, including 30312 KD patients, of which 4750 were IVIG resistance and 25562 were responders. There was a significant difference found between IVIG resistance and IVIG response groups in the incidence of CAL (P < 0.001, odds ratio (OR), 3.89; 95% confidence interval (CI) (3.18, 4.75)). The heterogeneity test results showed that the I2 value was 74.8%. The meta-regression analysis showed that the study regions might be the sources of heterogeneity. The subgroup analysis suggested that the incidence of CAL in the IVIG resistance group was still higher than that in the IVIG response group under different regions, IVIG resistance diagnostic criteria, CAL diagnostic criteria, and study types. Meanwhile, the sensitivity analysis did not find any significant impact from every single study. CONCLUSIONS This is the first meta-analysis to reveal the incidence of CAL was associated with IVIG resistance in KD patients. Further well-designed studies with uniform criteria are needed to evaluate the incidence of CAL in IVIG resistant patients.
Higher Efficacy of Infliximab than Immunoglobulin on Kawasaki Disease, a Meta-analysis
European journal of pharmacology. 2021;:173985
This meta-analysis evaluated the efficacy and safety of infliximab as initial therapy for patients with Kawasaki disease (KD) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) resistant KD.Studies of infliximab in KD, published between January 2004 and December 2019, were curated from PubMed, MEDLINE, and Cochrane Library. Data were analyzed using STATA Version 12.0. Of the 8 studies considered, 4 evaluated the effect of infliximab combined with IVIG as primary therapy in KD, and the remaining investigated the effect of infliximab in IVIG resistant patients. Infliximab was more effective than the control group, with the total summary odds ratio (OR) of 0.34 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.19-0.62). The treatment resistance of the infliximab group was lower than the IVIG group (0.36 [95% CI: 0.14-0.92]) when infliximab was combined with IVIG as the initial treatment. However, infliximab treatment for IVIG resistant KD was more effective than the IVIG group (0.28 [95% CI: 0.12-0.66]). There was no significant increase in the incidence of coronary artery lesions. The total summary OR for the incidence of coronary artery lesions and infliximab treatment was 0.88 (95% CI: 0.48-1.62). There was no statistically significant difference in adverse events (AEs) when compared between the groups (0.71 [95% CI: 0.44-1.16]).Infliximab combined with IVIG reduced treatment resistance in KD patients vs. conventional IVIG therapy. Infliximab improved clinical course in IVIG resistant KD patients. Infliximab treatment did not reduce the incidence of coronary artery lesions and did not show any significant increase in the incidence of AEs. PROSPERO REGISTRATION NUMBER CRD42020218554.
The effectiveness of infliximab for Kawasaki disease in children: systematic review and meta-analysis
Translational pediatrics. 2021;10(5):1294-1306
BACKGROUND Kawasaki disease (KD) is a self-limited illness that results in coronary artery aneurysms (CAAs) and threatens children's health and lives. The therapeutic effects of single intravenous immunoglobulin gamma (IVIG) vs. infliximab (IFX) (with or without IVIG) in young children with KD remain unclear. Thus, we made a meta-analysis and systematic review, including all of the studies which have evaluated the effectiveness and safety of IFX and IVIG KD patients. METHODS The databases of the Cochrane Library, PubMed and Embase websites were searched for articles appearing from inception until December 31, 2020. Clinical studies that compared IFX either as initial therapy plus IVIG or rescue therapy after IVIG (IFX group) failure compared with IVIG treatment alone (IVIG group) in treating KD patients were included. RESULTS The meta-analysis included nine studies characterizing 712 patients. The treatment response was significantly higher in the adjunctive IFX therapy group than in the IVIG therapy group [odds ratio (OR) 2.64; 95% CI: 1.52-4.59; P=0.0005]. Subgroup analysis, the effect of IFX therapy on treatment response is more effectiveness in the group of the high-risk KD patients than IVIG therapy (OR 6.07; 95% CI: 2.30-16.04; P=0.0003; random-effects model). Further analysis showed no difference in the improvement of CAAs in short-term follow-up between the two groups. However, adding IFX either as initial therapy or as additional therapy all showed an advantageous effect regarding the ∆Z score of the left anterior descending (LAD) (MD =0.29; 95% CI: 0.27-0.31; P<0.00001) and right coronary artery (RCA) (MD =0.24; 95% CI: 0.22-0.26; P<0.00001). Further, IFX exhibited significant effect on the treatment response compared with IVIG therapy in the Asian group (OR, 2.84; 95% CI: 1.51-5.36; P=0.001; random-effects model), and the beneficial effects of IFX were given without increasing the risk of AEs. CONCLUSIONS This meta-analysis emphasizes the importance of IFX on the treatment response in the high-risk KD patients. IFX may play a role in the Asian KD patients and prevention of progressive CAA, and does not increase the risk of AEs in KD patients.
Efficacy and safety associated with the infusion speed of intravenous immunoglobulin for the treatment of Kawasaki disease: a randomized controlled trial
Pediatric rheumatology online journal. 2021;19(1):107
BACKGROUND High-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is the mainstay of treatment for Kawasaki disease (KD). Usually, 2 g/kg of IVIG is administered over 10-24 h, depending on the institution or physician, but the association between infusion speed and effectiveness has not been reported. In this study, we evaluated the differences in efficacy and safety between two different IVIG administration speeds. METHODS This was a multicenter, unblinded, randomized controlled study. Patients newly diagnosed with KD were randomized into two groups: one who received IVIG over 12 h (12H group, double speed), and one that received IVIG over 24 h (24H group, reference speed). The endpoints included the duration of fever, incidence of coronary artery abnormalities (CAAs) and of adverse events. Laboratory data were evaluated before and after IVIG administration. RESULTS A total of 39 patients were enrolled. There was no difference between groups in fever duration after the initiation of IVIG (21 h vs. 21.5 h, p = 0.325), and no patient experienced CAAs. Two adverse events were observed in the 12H group (elevation of aspartate aminotransferase and vomiting), however no severe adverse events requiring treatments or extension of hospital stay were observed in either group. After initial IVIG administration, the change ratio of inflammatory markers, such as white blood cell counts, neutrophils, C-reactive protein, and albumin, did not show significant differences between the two groups. On the other hand, a greater increase of serum immunoglobulin G from its baseline level was observed in the 24H group compared to the 12H group (3037 ± 648 mg/dl vs. 2414 ± 248 mg/dl, p < 0.01). CONCLUSION The efficacy and safety of IVIG administered over 12 h (double speed) were similar to those administered over 24 h (reference speed). TRIAL REGISTRATION University Hospital Medical Information Network ( UMIN000014665 ). Registered 27 July 2014 - Prospectively registered, https://upload.umin.ac.jp/cgi-open-bin/ctr/ctr_view.cgi?recptno=R000017058.
Intravenous immunoglobulins reduce skin thickness in systemic sclerosis: evidence from Systematic Literature Review and from real life experience
Autoimmunity reviews. 2021;:102981
INTRODUCTION Intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) are a new therapeutic approach in systemic sclerosis SSc. An immunomodulatory and antifibrotic activity has been postulated. IVIG are generally well tolerated and have only rare side effects. Our retrospective study focused its attention on SSc, an autoimmune connective tissue disease, characterized by several complications which has a significant impact on patient's quality of life. The pathophysiology comprises fibrotic, vascular and immunological aspects. AIM: The aim of this study was to verify the effectiveness of IVIG on SSc skin involvement. Moreover, a systematic review of the literature (SLR) of the results obtained to date on the use of Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in SSc has been also performed. PATIENTS AND METHODS The data of 24 patients (21 women, 3 male) with refractory diffuse SSc skin involvement were evaluated (mean age was 52.13 years). IVIG infusion at a dosage of 2 g/Kg body weight for 4 consecutive days/month, was started between 2002 and 2019. Skin involvement was evaluated with the modified Rodnan Skin Score (mRSS) before therapy and then again after 6 and 12 months. To perform the SLR, the PubMed, Medline, Embase, and Web of Science database were searched from 1990 to 2020 (keywords: IVIG, systemic sclerosis). Three assessors (E.A., C.B. & M.M.C) identified the criteria to scan all papers. RESULTS From the total SLR (106 results), 17 papers were identified after the separation of the clinical cases from the studies (total number of treated patients 183). The studies were classified according to the organ involvement considered in each study, as well as the prescribed dose (high or low doses), and the therapeutic regimens. In the selected papers, the organs mainly involved were the skin, the gastrointestinal, the joint and the cardiovascular systems. Only in one case, plasmapheresis was associated to IVIG. All papers reported significant reduction of the skin involvement, although generally the strength of the works was limited the lack of control cases or by the low number of patients involved. From the real life experience, a statistically significant reduction of mRSS was obtained at 6 months follow-up (average value of -6.61 ± 5.2, p < 0.001), and it was further maintained with a significant stabilization after 12-months (-11.45 ± 9.63, p < 0.002). DISCUSSION This SLR and the data of the retrospective study suggest that IVIG may improve skin involvement reducing mRSS in particular in those patients that were refractory to other standard of care therapies and represents a therapeutic option in patients with concomitant myositis. The literature review revealed encouraging perspectives on the use of this therapy, given the effectiveness found in the selected works.
On the use of intravenous immunoglobulins for the treatment of the antiphospholipid syndrome - A systematic review and meta-analysis
Autoimmunity reviews. 2021;:102828
Kawasaki Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Benefits and Harms of Common Treatments
ACR open rheumatology. 2021
OBJECTIVE Kawasaki disease (KD) is a self-limited vasculitis affecting medium-sized vessels with a predilection for the coronary arteries. Although treatment reduces the likelihood of developing of coronary artery aneurysms, 5% of patients still develop aneurysms despite treatment, making KD the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the United States. Consequently, there is a great deal of interest in optimizing treatment regimens, particularly for higher-risk patients, to decrease morbidity. The aim of this systematic review is to support the development of the American College of Rheumatology/Vasculitis Foundation for the diagnosis and management of KD, focusing on the more complex scenarios in which rheumatologists may become involved, such as high-risk and refractory disease. METHODS Eighty-nine articles were considered for full review in this systematic literature review to address 16 Population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome questions related to KD. Data were abstracted in hierarchical fashion. Randomized control trials (RCTs) were considered first; if none were identified or if they contained insufficient information, comparative observational studies were then viewed, followed by single-arm observational studies/single arms from comparative studies. Only observational studies with more than 10 subjects with vasculitis were included. RESULTS Eight RCTs and 28 observational studies that addressed the questions were identified. Two questions were addressed by RCTs, seven questions had at least some comparative observational studies, three questions were only addressed by single-arm data, and four questions had no relevant studies. CONCLUSION This systematic review evaluates the benefits and harms of treatments for KD beyond first-line therapy.