Budesonide for Eosinophilic Esophagitis (BEE)
Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE) is a chronic, T-helper 2 cell (TH2) - type inflammatory disorder of the esophagus with a rapidly increasing prevalence. Studies analyzing the natural course of EE provide strong evidence, that the chronic inflammation leads to irreversible structural changes in the esophagus with a loss of the mucosal elasticity and a fibrosis of the sub-epithelial esophageal layers with a concomitant risk of impairment in function.
Treatment strategies in chronic inflammations have, in general, two main goals: 1) Relief of symptoms and 2) Prevention of long-term damage of the affected organ. Until now, the treatment of EE is still controversial. Standard recommendations for therapy of this chronic eosinophilic inflammation include dilation, systemic or topical corticosteroids and leukotriene antagonists. Several of these reports demonstrate, that topical corticosteroids may be effective for symptom control as well as for down-regulating the local inflammation. Furthermore it has been demonstrated, that treatment with topical corticosteroids is as effective as oral prednisone. However, the majority of therapeutic recommendations are based on clinical observations, case reports or small case series.
The purpose of this study is the evaluation of the efficacy and the safety of a monotherapy with a topical corticosteroid as short-term induction-treatment and as long-term, maintenance-treatment compared with placebo, in the treatment of adult patients with active EE.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Budesonide for Eosinophilic Esophagitis: a Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind Treatment Study|
- Efficacy of Budesonide in inducing a reduction of the esophageal eosinophilic infiltration in adult individuals with active EE after 2 weeks of induction-treatment.
- Efficacy of Budesonide in sustaining a reduction of the esophageal eosinophilic infiltration in adult individuals with quiescent EE after 50 weeks of maintenance-treatment.
- Efficacy of Budesonide in inducing a reduction of the clinical manifestations of active EE after 2 weeks of induction-treatment.
- Efficacy of Budesonide in sustaining a reduction of the clinical manifestations of quiescent EE after 50 weeks of maintenance-treatment.
- Efficacy of a one year treatment with Budesonide on esophageal remodeling in adult subjects with EE.
|Study Start Date:||December 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00271349
|Department of Gastroenterology, Kantonsspital|
|Olten, Solothurn, Switzerland, 4600|
|Study Chair:||Christoph Beglinger, MD||Department of Gastroenterology, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland|
|Study Director:||Hans-Uwe Simon, MD, PhD||Department of Pharmacology, University of Bern, Switzerland|
|Principal Investigator:||Alex Straumann, MD||Department of Gastroenterology, Kantonsspital Olten, Switzerland|