Leveraging Administrative Data to Monitor Rituximab Use in 2875 Patients at 42 Freestanding Children's Hospitals across the United States.
ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE: To describe the pharmacoepidemiology of rituximab use in children and to estimate the frequency of infectious events within a 1-year period after rituximab exposure. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients who received rituximab at 1 of 42 children's hospitals contributing data to the Pediatric Health Information System between January 1999 and June 2011. International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) discharge diagnosis codes were analyzed to categorize underlying diseases (hematologic malignancies, primary immunodeficiencies, autoimmune diseases, and transplant recipients) and to estimate inpatient infectious complication rates within each category. RESULTS: A total of 2875 patients with 4639 rituximab admissions were identified. The median age at index admission was 11 years (IQR, 5-15 years). The rate of rituximab admissions increased from 3 to 185 per 100 000 admissions per year over the study interval. During the 1-year follow-up period, 463 patients (16%) died. Infectious events were assessed in 2246 of the rituximab-exposed patients; 6.1% were diagnosed with sepsis and 2.0% with septic shock. The frequency of sepsis ranged from 2.4% in patients with autoimmune diseases to 12.2% in those with primary immunodeficiencies. Three patients were assigned an ICD-9-CM discharge diagnosis code for Pneumocystis joroveci pneumonia, 1 patient was assigned an ICD-9-CM discharge diagnosis code for hepatitis B, and 1 patient was assigned an ICD-9-CM discharge diagnosis code for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. CONCLUSION: The use of rituximab has increased significantly in children with a variety of underlying diseases. Based on ICD-9-CM code data, the rates of sepsis and other life-threatening infections after rituximab exposure vary depending on the underlying condition. Based on surveillance of infection using ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes, the rates of opportunistic infections appear to be low.
- Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 12/2013; 115:S21-S29. · 1.25 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Anti-NDMA receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis is an auto-immune condition. There is no uniformly agreed treatment strategy for the disorder in children. We report the use of intrathecal treatment with methotrexate and methylprednisolone in three children (one male, two females, age 10y, 11y, and 14y) with anti-NMDAR encephalitis, who did not respond to steroids, plasmapheresis, or rituximab. There was significant clinical improvement and stabilization of the anti-NMDAR antibody titers in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood in two patients. In the third patient, although anti-NMDAR antibody titers in CSF decreased, clinical recovery was less satisfactory. Intrathecal treatment with methotrexate and methylprednisolone seems to be a promising alternative treatment for some paediatric cases of resistant anti-NMDAR encephalitis.Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 07/2014; · 2.68 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Abstract Objective: To assess the utility and safety of rituximab in paediatric autoimmune and inflammatory disorders of the CNS. Methods: Multicentre retrospective study. Results: 144 children and adolescents (median age 8 years, range 0.7-17; 103 females) with NMDAR encephalitis (n=39), opsoclonus myoclonus ataxia syndrome (n=32), neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (n=20), neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (n=18), and other neuro-inflammatory disorders (n=35) were studied at onset of neurological disease. Rituximab was given after a median duration of disease of 0.5 years (range 0.05-9.5 years). Infusion adverse events were recorded in 18/144 (12.5%) including Grade 4 (anaphylaxis) in three. 11 patients (7.6%) had an infectious adverse event (AE), including two with Grade 5 (death) and two with Grade 4 (disabling) infectious AE (median follow-up of 1.65 years (range 0.1-8.5). No patients developed progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. A definite, probable or possible benefit was reported in 125 of 144 (87%) patients. 17.4% of patients had a modified Rankin scale (mRS) of 0-2 at rituximab initiation, compared to 73.9% at outcome. The change in mRS 0-2 was greater in patients given rituximab early in their disease course compared to those treated later. Conclusion: While limited by the retrospective nature of this analysis, our data supports an off-label use of rituximab, although the significant risk of infectious complications suggests rituximab should be restricted to disorders with significant morbidity and mortality. Classification of Evidence: This study provides Class IV evidence that in paediatric autoimmune and inflammatory CNS disorders, rituximab improves neurologic outcomes with a 7.6% risk of adverse infections.Neurology 07/2014; · 8.30 Impact Factor