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B-cell Depletion Using the Monoclonal Anti-CD20 Antibody Rituximab in Very Severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified July 2013 by Haukeland University Hospital
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Haukeland University Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01156922
First received: July 2, 2010
Last updated: July 1, 2013
Last verified: July 2013

July 2, 2010
July 1, 2013
June 2010
December 2013   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Symptom alleviation, as compared to baseline, measured by standardized self-reports and quality of life schemes [ Time Frame: Major response of at least six weeks duration, independent on when occuring, during the follow-up period ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
The primary endpoint is defined as major response of the CFS symptoms, of at least six weeks duration, independent on when during 36 months follow-up the response period(s) occurs. Single such response periods, and the sum of these, are recorded.
Same as current
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Symptom alleviation, as compared to baseline, measured by standardized self-reports and quality of life schemes. [ Time Frame: At 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 24, 30, 36 months after intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
The secondary outcome measures are effect on the CFS symptoms, by evaluation at 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, 24, 30, and 36 months after first intervention (i.e. first Rituximab infusion)
Same as current
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B-cell Depletion Using the Monoclonal Anti-CD20 Antibody Rituximab in Very Severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
B-lymphocyte Depletion Using the Monoclonal Anti-CD20 Antibody Rituximab in Severely Affected Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients. An Open Label Phase II Study With Rituximab Induction and Maintenance Treatment for Patients in WHO Performance Status III-IV

Based on pilot patient observations, and experience from the prior study KTS-1-2008, the investigators anticipate that severely affected chronic fatigue syndrome patients may benefit from B-cell depletion therapy using Rituximab induction with maintenance treatment.

The hypothesis is that at least a subset of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients have an activated immune system involving B-lymphocytes, and that prolonged B-cell depletion may alleviate symptoms.

An approved amendment (April 15th 2011): the study will be extended with up to 5 patients. For up to 5 patients in the study, standard plasma exchange may be performed 2-3 weeks prior to start of B-lymphocyte depletion using Rituximab (as in the protocol).

Approved amendment (December 2011): for patients with gradual improvement in CFS/ME symptoms after 12 months follow-up, but not having reached a clear response, up to 6 additional Rituximab infusions (500 mg/m2, max 1000 mg) may be given during the following 12 months period.

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Interventional
Phase 2
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Drug: Rituximab

Two infusions of Rituximab 500 mg/m2 (max 1000 mg) given two weeks apart, followed by maintenance Rituximab infusions 500 mg/m2 (max 1000 mg) at 3, 6, 10, and 15 months.

For up to 5 patients in the study, standard plasma exchange (one plasma volume, up to 5 treatments, during 1-2 weeks) will be performed 2-3 weeks prior to start of Rituximab therapy.

Amendment: for patients with gradual improvement in CFS/ME symptoms after 12 months follow-up, but not having reached a clear response, up to 6 additional Rituximab infusions (500 mg/m2, max 1000 mg) may be given during the following 12 months period.

Experimental: Rituximab
Rituximab induction two infusions (500 mg/m2, max 1000 mg) two weeks apart, followed by maintenance Rituximab infusions (500 mg/m2, max 1000 mg) after 3, 6, 10 and 15 months.
Intervention: Drug: Rituximab
Fluge Ø, Mella O. Clinical impact of B-cell depletion with the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab in chronic fatigue syndrome: a preliminary case series. BMC Neurol. 2009 Jul 1;9:28.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruiting
10
December 2013
December 2013   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients severely affected by chronic fatigue syndrome, in WHO performance status III or IV.
  • age 18-66 years
  • informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients with fatigue, not fulfilling criteria for CFS
  • pregnancy or lactation
  • previous malignant disease except basal cell carcinoma of skin and cervical carcinoma in situ
  • previous major immunological disease, except autoimmune diseases such as diabetes mellitus or thyroiditis
  • endogenous depression
  • lack of ability to comply by the protocol
  • multi-allergy with risk of serious drug reaction
  • reduced renal function (creatinin > 1.5 x upper normal limit [UNL])
  • reduced liver function (bilirubin or transaminases > 1.5 x UNL)
  • HIV positivity
  • evidence of clinically significant infection
Both
18 Years to 66 Years
No
Contact: Olav Mella, MD, PhD 47 55972010 olav.mella@helse-bergen.no
Contact: Øystein Fluge, MD, PhD 47 55972010 oystein.fluge@helse-bergen.no
Norway
 
NCT01156922
2010/1321
No
Haukeland University Hospital
Haukeland University Hospital
Not Provided
Principal Investigator: Olav Mella, PhD, MD Haukeland University Hospital
Haukeland University Hospital
July 2013

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