A LONG-TERM EFFECT OF A HUMANIZED ANTI-INTERLEUKIN-6 RECEPTOR ANTIBODY IN A PATIENT WITH TAKAYASU ARTERITIS
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Keywords

Takayasu arteritis, biologic treatment, interleukin-6 (IL-6), tocilizumab

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Sapundzhieva, T., Karalilova, R., Marinkov, A. and Batalov, A. 2020. A LONG-TERM EFFECT OF A HUMANIZED ANTI-INTERLEUKIN-6 RECEPTOR ANTIBODY IN A PATIENT WITH TAKAYASU ARTERITIS. Revmatologiia (Bulgaria). 28, 1 (Mar. 2020), 53-59. DOI:https://doi.org/10.35465/28.1.2020.pp53-59.

Abstract

Takayasu arteritis (TAK) is a large-sized vessel vasculitis that involves the aorta and its major branches. The overproduction of interleukin-6 (IL-6) has been proved to play a major role in the pathogenesis of TAK. The following case report describes a 21-year-old woman with refractory TAK, treated with tocilizumab – IL-6 receptor antibody. As a result of the treatment, the clinical manifestations and the abnormal laboratory fi ndings were improved, which allowed the tapering of the glucocorticoids without a consequent relapse of the disease for a follow-up period of 2 years. The results suggest that inhibition of the IL-6 pathway may be a possible treatment option for patients with refractory TAK.
https://doi.org/10.35465/28.1.2020.pp53-59
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