Volume: 61 - Issue: 3
First page: 203 - Last page: 213
R. Böscke - M. Heidemann - K-L. Bruchhage
BACKGROUND: Dupilumab, an IL-4/13 receptor inhibitor, is approved for the treatment of uncontrolled chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP).
METHODOLOGY: We evaluated the effectiveness and safety of dupilumab for CRSwNP based on retrospective 12-month follow-up data of 41 patients. We analysed nasal endoscopy scores, patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), 12-item Sniffin’-Sticks odor identification test (SSIT-12), total serum IgE, serum Eosinophilic Cationic Protein (ECP), and total blood eosinophil count (BEC). We performed statistical analysis using non-parametric ANOVA-type models and Spearman’s correlation.
RESULTS: At month 1, endoscopy scores, PROMs and SSIT-12 showed meaningful improvements that were maintained until month 12. Initial elevations in both median ECP and BECs returned to near baseline levels by month 12. The percentage of patients withBEC ≥0.6 remained increased at month 12 (42.1%) compared to baseline (19.5%). Total serum IgE levels decreased progressively and correlated with nasal polyp scores at month 12. “Adequate response” was reached in 86.8% of our cohort.
CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest that dupilumab is effective for the treatment of CRSwNP. The potential for short- and long-term BEC elevations in some CRSwNP patients should be carefully monitored.
Rhinology 61-3: 203-213, 2023
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