811. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Prednisolone vs Interleukin 17 A Inhibitor Secuinumab in the Management of Type 1 Lepra Reaction in Leprosy Patients
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Infections
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Room: S Poster Hall
Background: Leprosy is a chronic granulomatous infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. Type 1 lepra reactions (T1R) are delayed hypersensitivity (Type IV) reactions which if not treated promptly leads to disability affecting eyes, hands and feet. IL-17 A which is produced mainly by inflammatory T helper 17 cells is up regulated in patients of Lepra reaction. Conventionally oral corticosteroids steroids have been the main stay in the management of Type 1 Lepra reactions. This novel biologic drug is a targeted therapy which blocks the offending interleukin molecule without any serious adverse effects. We report the results of this randomized control study wherein an immuno-modulator biologic molecule has been safely used to treat an inflammatory reaction in a chronic infectious disease. Outcomes were measured using recurrence rate, a clinical severity score, quality of life & adverse events.

Methods: 74 patients with new T1R were randomized to receive Secukinumab (a human IgG1κ monoclonal antibody that binds to the protein interleukin (IL)-17A) or Prednisolone for 20 weeks. IL-17 A levels were correlated before & after the intervention.

Results: Recovery rates in skin signs was similar in both groups (92% vs 87%). Improvements in nerve function both, new & old, sensory (67% vs 48%) and motor (73% vs 76%) loss were higher (but not significantly so) in the patients on Secukinumab. Recurrences rates of lepra reaction (25%) were high in both groups, and recurrences occurred significantly earlier (8 weeks) in patients on Secukinumab, who needed 10% more additional prednisolone. Serious major and minor adverse events rates were much lesser with Secukinumab as compared with Prednisolone alone. Both groups had a significant improvement in their quality of life after the study, measured by the Short form survey SF-36.

Conclusion: This is the first double-blind randomized control trial assessing Secukinumab, in the management of lepra reaction. It could be a safe alternative second-line drug for patients with leprosy reactions who are not improving with prednisolone or are experiencing adverse events related to prednisolone. IL-17A levels could be an important diagnostic marker to diagnose and prognosticate cases of Type 1 Lepra reaction, which if not treated in time can lead to irreversible nerve damage.

Debdeep Mitra, MD Dermatology, Dermatology, Army Hospital New Delhi, New Delhi, India and Barnali Mitra, MD Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Base Hospital Delhi Cantt, New Delhi, India


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