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rituximab in lung disease

Anna E Kersh, Ron J Feldman
Rituximab is an anti-CD20 antibody used to deplete B lymphocytes in lymphoma and autoimmune disease. Case reports in the literature describe patients who paradoxically develop autoimmune disease in response to rituximab therapy. We review the reports of autoimmune pathology in response to rituximab treatment and the proposed mechanisms of this reaction. These autoimmune diseases manifest in various organ systems, most frequently the skin and lungs, and involve distinct mechanisms of pathogenesis mediated by potential alterations in B and T lymphocytes, innate immune system, and specific environmental factors...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Fevzi F Yalniz, Mohammad H Murad, Stephanie J Lee, Steven Z Pavletic, Nandita Khera, Nilay D Shah, Shahrukh K Hashmi
Given the increasing incidence of cGVHD and its rapidly escalating costs due to many lines of drug treatments, we aimed to perform a meta-analysis to assess the comparative effectiveness of various treatment options. Using these results, we then conducted a cost effectiveness analysis (CEA) for the frequently utilized agents in SR-cGVHD. We searched for studies examining tacrolimus, sirolimus, rituximab, ruxolitinib, hydroxychloroquine, imatinib, bortezomib, ibrutinib, extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP), pomalidomide and methotrexate...
March 14, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Grace Thompson, Andrew Mclean-Tooke, Jeremy Wrobel, Melanie Lavender, Michaela Lucas
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a significant complication of Sjögren syndrome (SS) associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The mainstay of treatment remains corticosteroid administration, with or without additional immunosuppressive therapies. Preliminary studies in SS have shown benefit in glandular and serologic parameters following treatment with the CTLA4 immunoglobulin fusion protein abatacept. Topical tacrolimus has been effective for ocular symptoms in SS, but systemic therapy has not been reported...
March 2018: Chest
Alice Bonanni, Marta Calatroni, Matteo D'Alessandro, Sara Signa, Enrica Bertelli, Michela Cioni, Eddi Di Marco, Roberto Biassoni, Gianluca Caridi, Giulia Ingrasciotta, Roberta Bertelli, Armando Di Donato, Maurizio Bruschi, Alberto Canepa, Giorgio Piaggio, Pietro Ravani, Gian Marco Ghiggeri
AIMS: Anti-CD20 antibodies are increasingly being used to treat idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) in children. While they may allow steroid and calcineurin-inhibitor withdrawal, repeated infusions of anti-CD20 antibodies are often required to maintain remission. Data on their potential toxicity in INS are needed to consider repeated infusions. METHODS: We reported data on side effects related to the use of rituximab (a chimeric anti-body; 130 pts) and ofatumumab (a humanized anti-body; 37 pts) in children with INS (steroid-dependent and steroid/calcineurin-inhibitor dependent disease) treated in a national referral center during a 9-year period (400 treatments; follow-up 1-9 years)...
February 13, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
So Hyun Ahn, Sung-Min Kim, Jung-Joon Sung
Aquaporin-4 immunoglobulin G -positive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD-AQP4) is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that predominantly affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. Rituximab (RTX)-a monoclonal antibody to CD20 in B cells-is effective in the treatment of NMOSD. However, interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a very rare yet potentially fatal complication of RTX treatment. Here, we detail the first reported case of RTX-induced ILD in a patient with NMOSD-AQP4. ILD should be suspected in patients with NMOSD undergoing RTX treatment who present with dyspnea and/or cough without any signs or symptoms of infection...
February 2, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Anupam Kumar, Basem Abdelmalak, Yoshikazu Inoue, Daniel A Culver
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a diffuse lung disease that results from the accumulation of lipoproteinaceous material in the alveoli and alveolar macrophages due to abnormal surfactant homoeostasis. Identification of the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) as an indispensable mediator of macrophage maturation and surfactant catabolism was the key discovery leading to the current understanding of the pathogenesis of most forms of PAP. Impaired GM-CSF bioavailability due to anti-GM-CSF autoimmunity is the cause of approximately 90% of adult PAP cases...
January 31, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Yanjun Bai, Wenjie Liang
RATIONALE: Primary pulmonary diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (PPL-DLBCL) is rare and its clinical manifestations lack specificity. In this report, we present one case of PPL-DLBCL with complete clinical and imaging data, including uncontrast-enhanced CT, contrast-enhanced CT, and positron emission tomography (PET)/CT. Previous cases will also be reviewed and summarized. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 62-year-old woman was hospitalized due to a swelling pain located in the right side of her back that persisted for >1 month...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gizem Ayan, Sinem Nihal Esatoglu, Gulen Hatemi, Serdal Ugurlu, Emire Seyahi, Melike Melikoglu, Izzet Fresko, Huri Ozdogan, Sebahattin Yurdakul, Vedat Hamuryudan
Rituximab (RTX) is becoming a standard treatment for patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) but heterogeneity exists regarding its use. We present our uncontrolled experience with RTX in patients with refractory AAV and also the results of a systematic review of non-randomized studies on RTX in AAV patients. We retrospectively reviewed the records of AAV patients treated with RTX following an inadequate response to immunosuppressives between 2011 and 2015. The systematic review covered all English articles listed in PubMed until June 2017...
January 10, 2018: Rheumatology International
Sven Jungmann, Wolf-Dieter Ludwig, Nicolas Schönfeld, Torsten-Gerriet Blum, Claudia Großwendt, Christian Boch, Beate Rehbock, Sergej Griff, Alexander Schmittel, Torsten T Bauer
We present a 74-year-old male with nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) during treatment with ibrutinib for mantle cell lymphoma. Previously, the patient had received six cycles of bendamustine and rituximab and six cycles of R-CHOP, followed by rituximab maintenance therapy. Respiratory tract complications of ibrutinib other than infectious pneumonia have not been mentioned in larger trials, but individual case reports hinted to a possible association with the development of pneumonitis. In our patient, the onset of alveolitis that progressed towards NSIP together with the onset of ibrutinib treatment suggests causality...
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Yuka Ogawa, Dai Kishida, Yasuhiro Shimojima, Koichi Hayashi, Yoshiki Sekijima
We describe the case of a 48-year-old man with dermatomyositis (DM) who demonstrated rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease (RP-ILD) and refractory cutaneous involvement together with high levels of anti-melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 antibody (anti-MDA5-Ab). Even after combination immunosuppressive therapy including a corticosteroid, cyclosporine A, and intravenous cyclophosphamide, his respiratory insufficiency and cutaneous involvement progressively worsened. However, the administration of rituximab (RTX) resulted in clinical remission as well as a visible reduction in anti-MDA5-Ab levels, suggesting that RTX could be a useful remedy in cases refractory to conventional immunosuppressive agents, especially those of RP-ILD related to anti-MDA5-Ab-positive DM...
2017: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Müge Erbay, Yılmaz Bülbül, Funda Öztuna, Mehmet Kılıç, Neslihan Özçelik, Şafak Ersöz
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a rare pulmonary disease characterised by alveolar accumulation of surfactant composed of proteins and lipids. Three main categories of PAP have been defined depending on the aetiology: primer/idiopathic, neonatal/congenital, secondary and exogenous/environmental exposure. Radiologically diffuse ground glass opacities, interlobular and intralobular septal thickening is seen. Although open lung biopsy is accepted as the gold standard in diagnosis, it can be diagnosed by showing bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid with a milky appearance and periodic acid-schiff (PAS) positive globules in biopsy with clinical and radiological findings...
September 2017: Tüberküloz Ve Toraks
Abdel Gaffar A Mohammed, Ammar Alshihre, Ibrahim Abdulrazag Al-Homood
There is increasing interest in rituximab (RTX) as an alternative to cyclophosphamide for the treatment of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc). However, no report has addressed its efficacy in Saudi patients with SSc-ILD. To assess the efficacy of RTX treatment in Saudi patients with SSc-ILD, hospital records were reviewed between 2013 and 2016. Four female patients received at least 4 cycles of RTX (I cycle, consisting of two infusions of 1000 mg 2 weeks apart). Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) and chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) were performed before and after treatment to assess the response...
October 2017: Annals of Thoracic Medicine
Francisco Paulin, Alejandra Babini, Marta Mamani, Juan Mercado, Fabián Caro
The prevalence of interstitial lung disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis varies from 10 to 42%. Rheumatoid arthritis patients with interstitial lung disease have three times the risk of death compared with those without the disease. Prognosis seems to be related to the high-resolution computed tomography pattern. Usual interstitial pneumonia pattern, resembling idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, carries a worse prognosis. Validated strategies to identify different phenotypes and assess the disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis interstitial lung disease are lacking...
September 2017: Revista de Investigación Clínica; Organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutrición
Yang Lu, Beth A Chasen, Homer A Macapinlac
A 60-year-old man with lymphoma completed chemotherapy on October 21, 2016, with complete remission. He then received rituximab maintenance therapy. Since March 2017, he has had progressive fatigue, myalgias, rash, weight loss, diarrhea, and recurrent low-grade fever. Subsequent bone marrow biopsy and FDG PET/CT demonstrated no active lymphoma. An In-white blood cell scan showed abnormal tracer uptake on 20-hour postinjection, but not on 3-hour postinjection images, including innumerable skeleton muscle foci, multiple cutaneous foci, and persistent diffuse increased uptake in the lungs...
December 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Keith J Chinniah, Girish M Mody
BACKGROUND: Dysphagia is common in inflammatory myopathies and usually responds to corticosteroids. Severe dysphagia requiring feeding by percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is associated with significant morbidity and high mortality. CLINICAL CASE: A 56-year old African Black woman initially presented with systemic sclerosis (SSC) - myositis overlap and interstitial lung disease. She responded to high dose corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide followed by azathioprine, with improvement in her lung function and regression of the skin changes...
June 2017: African Health Sciences
C Huang, Z W Lu, Y Q Yang, H Chen, D P Huang, H S He
Objective: To investigate the clinical characteristics, diagnosis-treatment points and prognosis of rituximab-induced interstitial lung disease (R-ILD), and to improve the recognition of this disease. Methods: The clinical data on 4 cases of R-ILD were analyzed retrospectively, and the related literatures were reviewed. The literature review was carried out respectively in Wanfang Data, CNKI and PubMed by October 2016 with"rituximab"and"interstitial lung disease"or"interstitial pneumonitis"as the search terms...
October 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Céline Louis, Sandrine Vijgen, Kaveh Samii, Yves Chalandon, Louis Terriou, David Launay, David C Fajgenbaum, Jörg D Seebach, Yannick D Muller
BACKGROUND: TAFRO syndrome has been reported in Japan among human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8)-negative/idiopathic multicentric Castleman's disease (iMCD) patients. To date, the majority of iMCD patients with TAFRO syndrome originate from Japan. CASE PRESENTATION: Herein, we report a 67-year-old HIV/HHV-8-negative Caucasian iMCD patient diagnosed with TAFRO. He presented with marked systemic inflammation, bicytopenia, terminal renal insufficiency, diffuse lymphadenopathies, and anasarca...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
Katie L Druce, Kundan Iqbal, Kath D Watson, Deborah P M Symmons, Kimme L Hyrich, Clive Kelly
OBJECTIVES: Guidelines cautioned prescribing of tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) to patients with rheumatoid arthritis and interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD) after reports of new or worsening of ILD. Less is known about outcomes among patients with RA-ILD who receive rituximab (RTX). This study compares mortality in patients with RA-ILD who received RTX or TNFi as their first biologic. METHODS: Participants with RA-ILD recruited to the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register for RA were included...
2017: RMD Open
Alper Sari, Denizcan Guven, Berkan Armagan, Abdulsamet Erden, Umut Kalyoncu, Omer Karadag, Sule Apras Bilgen, Ihsan Ertenli, Sedat Kiraz, Ali Akdogan
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to report the experience with rituximab treatment in a case series of patients with long-standing systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD). METHODS: We reviewed the charts of 197 SSc patients. Fourteen patients who received rituximab for SSc-ILD participated in this analysis. Pulmonary function tests, high-resolution thorax computed tomography and modified Rodnan skin scores were evaluated at baseline and end of the follow-up...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Kyle R Brownback, Laura A Thomas, Joseph P McGuirk, Siddhartha Ganguly, Christopher Streiler, Sunil Abhyankar
PURPOSE: Rituximab is an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody that is used to suppress B-cell function in graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD). We sought to determine the effects of rituximab treatment on lung function in those patients with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) as a manifestation of GVHD. METHODS: Thirteen patients were treated with rituximab with a diagnosis of BOS and a significant reduction in the forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)...
December 2017: Lung
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