This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition debilitating fibrosing skin disorders (localised scleroderma, eosinophilic fasciitis)
Treatment rituximab
Phase phase 2
Target CD20
Sponsor University Hospital, Ghent
Start date June 2009
End date December 2015
Trial size 10 participants
Trial identifier NCT00936546, 2009/183


This study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the combination of rituximab and methotrexate to treat disabling fibrosing skin disorders.Rituximab will be administered at baseline and month 6. The drug will be considered efficacious if the skin thickness diminishes substantially.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Mabthera, Rituximab 1000 mg I.V.

Primary Outcomes

Testing the safety of anti-CD-20 in a small cohort of patients with debilitating fibrosing skin disorders.
time frame: Safety will be evaluated at baseline, month 3, 6, 12, 15, 18, 24, 36, 48 and 60.

Secondary Outcomes

Testing the efficacy of anti-CD-20 in a small cohort of patients with debilitating fibrosing skin disorders.
time frame: Efficacy will be evaluated at baseline, month 3, 6, 12, 15, 18, 24, 36, 48 and 60.

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - (Fe) male >, = 18 years - Fibrosing skin disorder, not fulfilling the ACR criteria for diffuse SSc - Inadequate response to methotrexate (at least 12 weeks 10 mg/w, except if not tolerated or contra-indicated - Debilitating disease defined by either one of the following: - Restriction of mobility - Disfiguration: eg: facial involvement - Severe Internal Organ involvement - Contraception for women with childbearing potential. Sexual abstinence is an alternative to contraception. Exclusion Criteria: - FVC<, = 50% - LVEF<, = 40% of predicted value, - DLCO<, = 40% of predicted value - Exclusion criteria as specifically described in the protocol for anti-CD-20: - Lack of peripheral venous access. - Pregnancy or breast feeding. - Significant cardiac or pulmonary disease (including obstructive pulmonary disease). - Evidence of significant uncontrolled concomitant disease such as, but not limited to, nervous system, renal, hepatic, endocrine or gastrointestinal disorders which, in the investigator's opinion, would preclude patient participation. - Primary or secondary immunodeficiency (history of, or currently active), including known history of HIV infection. - Known active infection of any kind (excluding fungal infections of mail beds), or any major episode of infection requiring hospitalization or treatment with i.v. anti-infectives within 4 weeks of baseline or completion of oral anti-infectives within 2 weeks prior to baseline. - History of deep space/tissue infection (e.g. fasciitis, abscess, osteomyelitis) within 52 weeks prior to baseline. - History of serious recurrent or chronic infection (for screening for a chest infection a chest radiograph will be performed at screening if not performed within 12 weeks prior to screening). - History of cancer, including solid tumors, hematologic malignancies and carcinoma in situ (except basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin that have been excised and cured). - History of a severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction to a biologic agent or known hypersensitivity to any component of rituximab or to murine proteins. - Concurrent treatment with any biologic agent or DMARD other than MTX. Treatment must be discontinued 14 days prior to baseline , except for the following: azathioprine for ≥ 28 days; leflunomide for ≥ 8 weeks (or ≥ 14 days after 11 days of standard cholestyramine or activated charcoal washout); infliximab ≥ 8 weeks; adalimumab ≥ weeks. - Previous treatment with > 1 biological agent. - Treatment with any investigational agent within 28 days of baseline or 5 half-lives of the investigational drug (which ever is the longer). - Receipt of any vaccine within 28 days prior to baseline - Intolerance or contraindications to i.v. glucocorticoids. - Positive serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) measured at screening or a positive pregnancy test prior to the first rituximab infusion. - Positive tests for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), hepatitis B core antibody (HBcAb) or hepatitis C serology. - Hemoglobin < 8.0 g/dL. - Concentrations of serum IgG and/or IgM below 5.0 and 0.40 mg/mL, respectively. - Absolute neutrophil count (ANC) < 1.5 X 10³/µL.

Additional Information

Official title A Protocol Based Treatment for Debilitating Fibrosing Skin Disorders With (Anti-CD 20), Rituximab, Evaluating Safety and Efficacy
Principal investigator Filip De Keyser, MD, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2014.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University Hospital, Ghent.