Science News: Retrospective Analysis of Eculizumab in Patients with Acetylcholine Receptor Antibody-Negative Myasthenia Gravis: A Case Series
Published February 02, 2021
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Submitted by: Pritikanta Paul, MD
Edited by: Elliot Bodofsky, MD
Datta S, Singh S, Govindarajan R. Retrospective analysis of eculizumab in patients with acetylcholine receptor antibody-negative myasthenia gravis: A case series. J Neuromuscul Dis. 2020;7(3):269-277. doi:10.3233/JND-190464
Summary: Eculizumab has been approved and used for AChR antibody positive myasthenia gravis but little is known about its efficacy for AChR seronegative cases. In this small retrospective study (N=6), treatment outcome with eculizumab for AChR negative patients was assessed. Clinically meaningful reductions (≥2 points) in total MG-ADL scores were observed before or at five months and were maintained to month twelve in all patients. There was also a reduction in the mean number of exacerbations per patient, before and after eculizumab initiation, respectively and no treatment related adverse effects.
Comments: There is preliminary evidence of a potential beneficial role of eculizumab in treatment refractory seronegative myasthenia gravis warranting larger randomized trials.