This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition ankylosing spondylitis
Treatment methylprednisolone
Phase phase 2
Sponsor Saratov State Medical University
Collaborator Charite University, Berlin, Germany
Start date July 2012
End date March 2013
Trial size 20 participants
Trial identifier NCT01790022, METALL 2012


In this study, efficacy of methylprednisolone in reduction of signs and symptoms (back pain, stiffness, joint pain and swelling) of active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) will be investigated. It is expected, that a single dose of methylprednisolone 500 mg given intravenously at baseline will lead to a rapid reduction of symptoms of active AS, which can be seen already 2 weeks after drug administration.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Methylprednisolone 500 mg administered intravenously at baseline
methylprednisolone Metypred, Medrol, Solu-Medrol

Primary Outcomes

The Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society 40 (ASAS40) response
time frame: Week 2

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Age of ≥18 years. - Definite diagnosis of AS according to the modified New York criteria. - History of an inadequate response to ≥2 nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) taken for at least 2 weeks each or NSAIDs intolerance. - Active disease as defined by the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis DIsease Activity Index (BASDAI) value of ≥4 at screening despite concomitant treatment with an NSAID or without NSAIDs in case of intolerance. Exclusion Criteria: - The female subject is pregnant or lactating. - Patients with other chronic inflammatory articular disease or systemic autoimmune disease. - History of inadequate response to previous anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) α therapy. - Treatment with any other investigational drug within 4 weeks of 5 half-life of the drug (whichever is longer) prior to baseline. - Treatments with disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) other than methotrexate within 4 weeks prior to screening (8 weeks for leflunomide or 4 weeks with a standard cholestyramine wash-out). - Treatment with intravenous, intramuscular or intraarticular/periarticular steroids within 4 weeks prior to screening. - History of oesophageal, gastric, duodenal or intestinal ulceration, clinically relevant gastrointestinal bleeding. - History of or current signs of coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, stroke or transient ischemic attack, peripheral arterial thrombotic events. - Congestive heart failure (NYHA III-IV) - Uncontrolled arterial hypertension. - History of diabetes mellitus. - History of glaucoma. - Major surgery within 12 weeks prior to screening. - Evidence of any other severe uncontrolled gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal, pulmonary, cardiovascular, nervous or endocrine disorders. - Any active current viral, bacterial or fungal infection, a history of recurrent clinically significant infection, infections requiring treatment with antibiotics within 4 weeks prior to baseline. - History of chronic infection with hepatitis B or C, history of HIV infection. - Primary or secondary immunodeficiency. - Any other conditions making the patient unsuitable in the opinion of the investigator for the participation in the current study.

Additional Information

Official title Efficacy and Safety of MEthylprednisolone Administered Intravenously for the Treatment of Patients With Active AnkyLosing spondyLitis (METALL) - a 12-week, Prospective, Open-label, Pilot Study
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2013.
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