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Corticosteroid therapy in GCA: higher platelets – lower relapse rate

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Dr Samuel Deshayes, Hospital Center University Of Caen Normandie, France
ACR 2019
An increased platelet count and a GLCCI1 gene polymorphism were shown to be associated with a lower relapse rate in patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) treated with corticosteroids [1]. Corticosteroids are the cornerstone in the management of GCA, the most common cause of primary vasculitis in adults. However, approximately half of the patients will relapse, and up to 86% develop steroid-induced adverse events. In this study, risk factors for relapse in GCA patients treated with prednisolone were assessed. All included patients were steroid-naïve with a diagnosis of GCA. Patients received steroids, with a 10 to 16 months predefined tapering schedule and a planned follow-up of 18 months after inclusion. Genotyping of glucocorticoid-induced transcript 1 (GLCCI1) promoter polymorphism (rs37972), which regulates steroid-induced apoptosis, and prednisolone clearance were performed between 14 and 28 days of treatment. Among t...

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