BACKGROUND: Hereditary angioedema (HAE) owing to C1 inhibitor deficiency is an autosomal dominant disorder, characterized by recurrent, potentially life-threatening, localized attacks of tissue swelling. Current treatment involves the infusion of C1 inhibitor protein (C1-INH) isolated from human plasma.
OBJECTIVES: This open-label extension to a European, Israeli and Argentinean randomized study (NCT00262301) aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of recombinant human C1 inhibitor (rhC1-INH) as a first-line treatment following an HAE attack, together with its effect on subsequent attacks.
METHODS: An HAE-specific visual analogue scale (VAS) 0-100 mm was used by patients to assess the severity of attack at four anatomical locations. Patients were treated with one, single-vial, fixed-dose of rhC1-INH (2100 U), followed by up to two further vials at the investigators discretion. The primary end-point was the time from first rhC1-INH injection to first onset of relief of symptoms (> 20 mm decrease on VAS). Response to treatment was defined as the onset of relief within 4 h.
RESULTS: A total of 57 patients were treated for 194 HAE attacks. Overall, sustained relief of symptoms was achieved in 87% of rhC1-INH-treated patients within 4 h of treatment, with 57% of attacks requiring only one vial of rhC1-INH. When categorized by successive attacks experienced by individual patients, the response rate to rhC1-INH treatment was 96%, 83%, 87%, 80% and 80% for attacks 1-5 respectively. Treatment with rhC1-INH was well tolerated, with no discontinuations owing to treatment-emergent adverse events and no adverse events relating to immunogenicity.
CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Treatment with rhC1-INH provides fast-onset relief for an HAE attack, with a high rate of therapeutic response maintained throughout subsequent attacks.Copyright © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.