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Antithymocyte Globulin and Cyclosporine in Treating Low Risk Patients With Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Information source: PETHEMA Foundation
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 20, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Intervention: Antithymocyte globulin (Drug); Cyclosporine (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: PETHEMA Foundation

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Sanz Guillermo, Dr, Study Director, Affiliation: HOSPITAL LA FE VALENCIA
Julia Antonio, Dr, Study Director, Affiliation: Hospital Vall d'Hebron Barcelona


The different mechanisms of action between Antithymocyte globulin and cyclosporine can improve the effectivity when both are used in combination in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome.

Clinical Details

Official title: SMD/ATG-CSA: Antithymocyte Globulin and Cyclosporine in Treating Low Risk Patients With Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Study design: Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Compare the efficacy and toxicity of antithymocyte globulin and cyclosporine in patients with low risk myelodysplastic syndrome

Detailed description: Patients are treated with: Antithymocyte globulin (Timoglobulin SangStat)

- 2,5 mg/kg/day IV over 8 hours on days 1-4

- Total dose: 10 mg/kg

- Calculated dose adjusted to ideal weight

- Especial considerations:

Paracetamol 1 gr (oral or IV) Dexclorfeniramine 5 mg IV Methylprednisolone 1 mg/kg IV 30

minutes before Timoglobulin and repeat if necessary at 4 hours - Platelet transfusion if

platelet count is < 50 x 109/L Cyclosporine (Sandimmun Neoral)

- 2,5 mg/kg/12 h over 3 months


Minimum age: N/A. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Diagnosis of low or intermediate risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) (or high risk

patient not eligible to intensive chemotherapy or for bone marrow transplantation), excluding chronic myelomonocytic leukemia

- At less one of two following conditions:

- Transfusion dependence: 1)Packed red blood cell transfusions greater than 2 times;

2)Untransfused hemoglobin level no greater than 10 g/dL; 3)Platelet transfusions greater than 1 time

- Infection grade III or IV secondary to neutropenia

- ECOG < or = 2

Exclusion Criteria:

- Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia

- Creatinine greater than 2 mg/dl

- Bilirubin greater than 2. 5 mg/dl

- History of heart failure

- History of allergy to rabbit proteins

Locations and Contacts

Hospital de Cabueñes, Asturias, Spain

Hospital germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Spain

Hospital de Basurto, Bilbao, Spain

Hospital Ntra Sra del Rossell, Cartagena, Spain

Hospital Materno Infantil de Las Palmas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Hospital Virgen de la Victoria, Malaga, Spain

Hospital Morales Messeguer, Murcia, Spain

Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Hospital Arnau de Vilanova, Valencia, Spain

Hospital Dr Pesset, Valencia, Spain

Hospital Clinico Universitario, Zaragoza, Spain

Additional Information

Spanish association of Haematology

Related publications:

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Starting date: May 2002
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