B-cell Depletion Using the Monoclonal Anti-CD20 Antibody Rituximab in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01156909|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 5, 2010
Last Update Posted : September 1, 2014
Based on pilot patient observations, and experience from the prior study KTS-1-2008, the investigators anticipate that 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 CFS patients have an activated immune system involving B-lymphocytes, and that prolonged B-cell depletion may alleviate symptoms.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Myalgic Encephalomyelitis||Drug: Rituximab||Phase 2|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||29 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||B-lymphocyte Depletion Using the Monoclonal Anti-CD20 Antibody Rituximab in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. An Open Label Phase II Study With Rituximab Induction and Maintenance Treatment|
|Study Start Date :||October 2010|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||February 2014|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||February 2014|
Rituximab induction using two infusions (500mg/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.
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.
Approved 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.
- 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. ]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.
- 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 ]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)
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01156909
|Department of Oncology, Haukeland University Hospital|
|Bergen, Norway, N-5021|
|Principal Investigator:||Olav Mella, PhD, MD||Haukeland University Hospital|