Terminal complement blockade with pexelizumab during coronary artery bypass graft surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass: a randomized trial.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

CONTEXT: Inflammation and ischemia-reperfusion injury during coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass are associated with postoperative myocardial infarction (MI) and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy and safety of pexelizumab, a C5 complement inhibitor, in reducing perioperative MI and mortality in CABG surgery. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, including 3099 patients (> or = 18 years) undergoing CABG surgery with or without valve surgery at 205 hospitals in North America and Western Europe from January 2002 to February 2003. INTERVENTIONS: Patients were randomly assigned to receive intravenous pexelizumab (2.0 mg/kg bolus plus 0.05 mg/kg per hour for 24 hours; n = 1553) or placebo (n = 1546) 10 minutes before undergoing the procedure. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary composite end point was the incidence of death or MI within 30 days of randomization in those undergoing CABG surgery only (n = 2746). Secondary analyses included the intent-to-treat analyses of death or MI composite at days 4 and 30 in all 3099 study patients. RESULTS: After 30 days, 134 (9.8%) of 1373 of patients receiving pexelizumab vs 161 (11.8%) of 1359 of patients receiving placebo (relative risk, 0.82; 95% confidence interval, 0.66-1.02; P =.07) died or experienced MI in the CABG surgery only population. In the intent-to-treat analyses, 178 (11.5%) of 1547 patients receiving pexelizumab vs 215 (14.0%) of 1535 receiving placebo died or experienced MI (relative risk, 0.82; 95% confidence interval, 0.68-0.99; P =.03). The trial was not powered to detect a reduction in mortality alone. CONCLUSIONS: Compared with placebo, pexelizumab was not associated with a significant reduction in the risk of the composite end point of death or MI in 2746 patients who had undergone CABG surgery only but was associated with a statistically significant risk reduction 30 days after the procedure among all 3099 patients undergoing CABG with or without valve surgery.

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Cited Authors

  • Verrier, ED; Shernan, SK; Taylor, KM; Van de Werf, F; Newman, MF; Chen, JC; Carrier, M; Haverich, A; Malloy, KJ; Adams, PX; Todaro, TG; Mojcik, CF; Rollins, SA; Levy, JH; PRIMO-CABG Investigators,

Published Date

  • May 19, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 291 / 19

Start / End Page

  • 2319 - 2327

PubMed ID

  • 15150203

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1538-3598

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/jama.291.19.2319


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States