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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 127-31  

Extended interval between enzyme therapy infusions for adult patients with Gaucher俟Q製 disease type 1.

J Perez-Calvo1, P Giraldo2, GM Pastores2, M Fernandez-Galan1, G Marti要-Nunez1, M Pocovi1 
1 Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Clinico Universitario 'Lozano Blesa', Zaragoza, Spain. , Spain
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Clinico Universitario "Lozano Blesa", Zaragoza, Spain. , Spain

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J Perez-Calvo
Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Clinico Universitario 潲ozano Blesa, Zaragoza, Spain.
Spain

BACKGROUND: Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for Gaucher俟Q製 disease with alglucerase or imiglucerase is efficacious, well-tolerated and safe. However, cost considerations, visits to medical facilities, potentially duration of theray for life, are issues of major concern to a proportion of treated patients and has, in some cases, led to the withdrawal of therapy. AIMS: To elucidate whether an extension of the interval between enzyme infusions to once every three weeks is as effective in maintaining the clinical responses achieved with the bi-monthly regimen. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four patients with an optimal response to ERT (at 30 units/kg every two weeks for an average of 27 months), were subjected to enzyme dose/frequency changes that essentially constituted a reduction in cumulative dose over the treatment period. Patients were assessed every 6 months for alterations in haematological parameters, plasma chitotriosidase levels, liver and spleen size, and bone symptoms. RESULTS: All patients had to resume the previous infusion schedule of once every two weeks; one because of new bone marrow infiltrates, two because of visceral enlargement, and the fourth due to progressive anaemia. CONCLUSIONS: This limited experience suggests that a reduction in enzyme dose associated with an extended interval between infusions may lead to variable disease control, and underscores the need for individualization of enzyme therapy.


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Perez-Calvo J, Giraldo P, Pastores G M, Fernandez-Galan M, Marti要-Nunez G, Pocovi M. Extended interval between enzyme therapy infusions for adult patients with Gaucher's disease type 1. J Postgrad Med 2003;49:127-31


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Perez-Calvo J, Giraldo P, Pastores G M, Fernandez-Galan M, Marti要-Nunez G, Pocovi M. Extended interval between enzyme therapy infusions for adult patients with Gaucher's disease type 1. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 2003 [cited 2021 Oct 27 ];49:127-31
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