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Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin Treatment for Multifocal Motor Neuropathy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
University of Aarhus Identifier:
First received: December 21, 2005
Last updated: February 19, 2008
Last verified: February 2008

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of subcutaneous administration of immunoglobulin compared to intravenous treatment, for multifocal motor neuropathy


Condition Intervention Phase
Multifocal Motor Neuropathy Drug: Subcutaneous immunoglobulin Drug: Intravenous immunoglobulin Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Controlled Cross-Over Trial of Subcutaneous Versus Intravenous Immunoglobulin for Multifocal Motor Neuropathy

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Further study details as provided by University of Aarhus:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Isokinetic muscle strength at the three most affected muscle groups. [ Time Frame: At the end of each arm of the crossover study ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Medical research council score (MRC-score), [ Time Frame: At the end of each treatment arm of the crossover study ]
  • 9-hole peg test, [ Time Frame: At the end of each treatment arm of the crossover study ]
  • 10m walking, [ Time Frame: At the end of each treatment arm of the crossover study ]
  • Nerve conduction parameters, [ Time Frame: At the end of each treatment arm of the crossover study ]
  • SF-36 [ Time Frame: At the end of each treatment arm of the crossover study ]
  • Adverse effects [ Time Frame: During each treatment arm of the crossover study ]

Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: August 2005
Study Completion Date: February 2008
Primary Completion Date: February 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Subcutaneous Ig given twice a week.
Drug: Subcutaneous immunoglobulin
Individually dosed, given twice a week.
Other Name: Subcuvia
Active Comparator: 2
Intravenous Ig
Drug: Intravenous immunoglobulin
Individual dose and frequency
Other Name: Endobulin

Detailed Description:

Introduction Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatment is the only established treatment modality in Multifocal Motor Neuropathy (MMN). In order to maintain neuromuscular performance patients require lifelong treatment. Hospital-based treatments have high cost and inconveniences to patients, particularly in chronic disorders. Immunoglobulin preparations are now available for subcutaneous use as IgG replacement therapy. The safety and efficacy of subcutaneous infusion is reported to be comparable to i.v. preparations, and has been applied successfully in other autoimmune disorders. However patients with MMN have not previously been treated with subcutaneous immunoglobulin.


Subcutaneous immunoglobulin treatment is efficacious and safe with less patient inconvenience.

Primary endpoint:

Isokinetic muscle strength at the end of treatment A vs B (subcutaneous vs i.v.)

Secondary endpoint:

Medical research council score (MRC-score), 9-hole peg test, 10m walking, Nerve conduction parameters, SF-36.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

- Clinical diagnosis of multifocal motor neuropathy, supported by electrophysiological findings

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Other severe medical conditions
  • Pregnancy and lactation
  • Anti-coagulation therapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00268788

Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Neyrology
Aarhus, Denmark
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Aarhus
Principal Investigator: Henning Andersen, MD, DMSc Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
Study Chair: Johannes Jakobsen, Professor Aarhus University Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Thomas Harbo, Aarhus University Hospital Identifier: NCT00268788     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2005-130
EudraCT-number: 2005-000934-19
Study First Received: December 21, 2005
Last Updated: February 19, 2008

Keywords provided by University of Aarhus:
multifocal motor neuropathy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Immunoglobulins, Intravenous
Rho(D) Immune Globulin
Immunologic Factors
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