Predictors of clinical improvement in rituximab-treated refractory adult and juvenile dermatomyositis and adult polymyositis.

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OBJECTIVE: To identify the clinical and laboratory predictors of clinical improvement in a cohort of myositis patients treated with rituximab. METHODS: We analyzed data for 195 patients with myositis (75 with adult polymyositis [PM], 72 with adult dermatomyositis [DM], and 48 with juvenile DM) in the Rituximab in Myositis trial. Clinical improvement was defined as 20% improvement in at least 3 of the following 6 core set measures of disease activity: physician's and patient's/parent's global assessment of disease activity, manual muscle testing, physical function, muscle enzymes, and extramuscular disease activity. We analyzed the association of the following baseline variables with improvement: myositis clinical subgroup, demographics, myositis damage, clinical and laboratory parameters, core set measures, rituximab treatment, and myositis autoantibodies (antisynthetase, anti-Mi-2, anti-signal recognition particle, anti-transcription intermediary factor 1γ [TIF-1γ], anti-MJ, other autoantibodies, and no autoantibodies). All measures were univariately assessed for association with improvement using time-to-event analyses. A multivariable time-dependent proportional hazards model was used to evaluate the association of individual predictive factors with improvement. RESULTS: In the final multivariable model, the presence of an antisynthetase, primarily anti-Jo-1 (hazard ratio [HR] 3.08, P < 0.01), anti-Mi-2 (HR 2.5, P < 0.01), or other autoantibody (HR 1.4, P = 0.14) predicted a shorter time to improvement compared to the absence of autoantibodies. A lower physician's global assessment of damage (HR 2.32, P = 0.02) and juvenile DM (versus adult myositis) (HR 2.45, P = 0.01) also predicted improvement. Unlike autoantibody status, the predictive effect of physician's global assessment of damage and juvenile DM diminished by week 20. Rituximab treatment did not affect these associations. CONCLUSION: Our findings indicate that the presence of antisynthetase and anti-Mi-2 autoantibodies, juvenile DM subset, and lower disease damage strongly predict clinical improvement in patients with refractory myositis.

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Cited Authors

  • Aggarwal, R; Bandos, A; Reed, AM; Ascherman, DP; Barohn, RJ; Feldman, BM; Miller, FW; Rider, LG; Harris-Love, MO; Levesque, MC; RIM Study Group, ; Oddis, CV

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 740 - 749

PubMed ID

  • 24574235

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3987896

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2326-5205

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/art.38270


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States