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HSS Research Institute

Rituximab Therapy For The Induction Of Remission And Tolerance In ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

IRB Number: 25010
(inactive trial)

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

June 27, 2006

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Principal Investigator

Robert F. Spiera, MD


Stephen DiMartino, MD
Kyriakos A. Kirou, MD
Jessica Gordon, MD
Uzunma Udeh, BA


200 participants nationwide 30 months
Study Duration: The common closing date will be 18 months after the last participant is enrolled.
Primary Objective: determine the efficacy of Rituximab (four weekly infusions) and glucocorticoids in the induction of remission of WG

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

Potential participants must meet all of the following:

  1. Age: They must be over 15 years of age.
  2. Weight: They must weigh at least 40 kg.
  3. Diagnosis type: They must be diagnosed with WG or MPA
  4. Screening diagnosis: They must be newly diagnosed patients, or they must have a disease flare

Exclusion Criteria

Potential participants with any of the following will NOT be enrolled in this study:

  1. Diagnosis: They are diagnosed with Churg Strauss syndrome
  2. Limited disease: They have limited disease that would not normally be treated with CYC.
  3. Severe disease: They require mechanical ventilation because of alveolar hemorrhage.
  4. Infection (systemic): They have an active systemic infection, active hepatitis B or active hepatitis C or a documented history of HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C.

Contact Information

Uzunma Udeh, BA