Background: Efficacy of heparin and low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) treatment has been suggested. The multimatrix oral formulation MMX releases active drugs in the colon, avoiding systemic absorption. Parnaparin sodium is the LMWH chosen to be carried in the MMX formulation. Aim: To assess the safety of three different oral dosages (70, 140 and 210 mg once daily) of Parnaparin-MMX (CB-01-05) in left-sided ulcerative colitis (UC). Methods: Left-sided UC patients, with a mild-to-moderate relapse were enrolled. All patients received Parnaparin-MMX for 8 weeks. Clinical Activity Index (CAI), Disease Activity Index (DAI), Endoscopic Activity Index and IBD-QoL were assessed throughout the study. A strict clinical and laboratory follow-up, including assessment of anti-factor Xa activity, was performed. Clinical remission was defined as CAI <4. Results: Ten UC patients were enrolled. One patient retired for clinical deterioration. No relevant side effects, including either interference with haemostasis parameters or increased bleeding, were observed. At the end of the treatment, seven patients (70%) were in clinical remission, only one achieving endoscopic healing. Mean final CAI, DAI and IBD-QoL scores were significantly improved from baseline. Conclusions: Parnaparin-MMX appears to be a safe treatment option in mild-to-moderate UC. Controlled studies are warranted.
|Titolo:||Oral, colonic-release low-molecular-weight heparin: an initial open study of Parnaparin-MMX for the treatment of mild-to-moderate left-sided ulcerative colitis|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/12 - Gastroenterologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1365-2036.2008.03757.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|