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Birmingham, Alabama 35294


Purpose:

Cicatricial pemphigoid is an autoimmune blistering disease which affects the skin, mucous membranes, and, in a small subset of patients, the eye. Progressive ocular disease can lead to irreversible damage and blindness. Conventional treatments include systemic steroids, dapsone, and immunosuppressive agents. These treatments, however, are not successful with all patients. Rituximab has been very effective in the treatment of other autoimmune disorders, and has recently been shown to be effective for autoimmune blistering pemphigus. We propose that it will also be effective in the treatment of cicatricial pemphigoid.


Study summary:

Cicatricial pemphigoid is an autoimmune blistering disease which can affect the skin, mucous membranes, and, in a small subset of patients, the eyes. Progressive ocular disease can lead to irreversible damage and blindness. Conventional treatments have included high dose systemic steroids, dapsone, and immunosuppressive agents such as azathioprine, methotrexate, cyclophosphamide, and mycophenolate mofetil. However, there are a subgroup of patients who fail to respond to these treatments, develop intolerable side effects, or have contraindications to their use. Patients may also develop resistance to these conventional treatment modalities. For these reasons, alternative treatment modalities are needed. Rituximab has been very effective in the treatment of other autoimmune disorders. It has recently been shown to be effective in the treatment of another autoimmune blistering disorder known as pemphigus. We thus propose that Rituximab will be effective in the treatment of cicatricial pemphigoid.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Clinical diagnosis of ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (symptoms of conjunctivitis, irritation, burning, increased lacrimation, photophobia, dryness of the eyes along with conjunctival inflammation, trichiasis, and scarring 2. One of the following: - Failed response to the use of one or more conventional treatments for a minimum of 10 weeks; or - Minimal conventional medication doses, with a significant adverse effects, contradiction to use, or progressive disease despite treatment 3. Adults age 19 and older 4. Adequate renal function as indicated by serum creatinine levels less than 1.5 Exclusion Criteria: 1. known hypersensitivity to rituximab or its components 2. Age less than 19 years 3. Any other condition deemed by the investigator to be a significant hazard to the subject if the investigational therapy were initiated.


NCT ID:

NCT00584935


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Craig A Elmets
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Birmingham, Alabama 35294
United States



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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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