Hungarian Immunology

[First experience with rituximab treatment in rheumatoid artritis: a case report of a multiresistant patient]

SIMKOVICS Enikő, BESENYEI Tímea, SZABÓ Zoltán, SZENTPÉTERY Ágnes, SZODORAY Péter, SZŰCS Gabriella, SZÁNTÓ Sándor, SZEKANECZ Zoltán

MARCH 20, 2007

Hungarian Immunology - 2007;6(03)

[INTRODUCTION - Here we describe the case of the first Hungarian rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patient treated with RTX. CASE REPORT - This multiresistant patient had received numerous immunosuppressive drugs and all three anti-TNF agents had been tried. These biologicals had to be stopped due to inefficacy or side effects. RTX treatment resulted in some subjective clinical improvement, as well as a decrease in rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP production. Clinical activity assessed by DAS28 fell after 18 weeks. B cells disappeared from the circulation, however, the percentage of activated T cells increased. We observed initial B cell recovery after 18 weeks. CONCLUSION - Clinical studies suggest that RTX is more effective right after the failure of the first TNF inhibitor. Efficacy of RTX in this patient suggests that this drug may also be effective in a multiresistant patient, who had tried numerous TNF blockers.]

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