Long-Term Lirentelimab Therapy Improves Symptoms of Eosinophilic Gastritis and/or Duodenitis

Researchers aimed to evaluate the responses to treatment in patients who received long-term lirentelimab therapy.

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Lirentelimab was associated with sustained tissue eosinophil depression among patients with eosinophilic gastritis (EG) and/or duodenitis (EoD). These findings were presented during the Digestive Disease Week annual meeting, held virtually, from May 21-23, 2021.

Data from an open-label extension of the ENIGMA trial, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial, were analyzed for this study. Patients (N=58) with biopsy-confirmed EG or EoD who received 4 monthly lirentelimab or placebo infusions during the ENIGMA trial were study eligible.  The open-label extension consisted of a monthly dose-escalation schedule of 0.3 or 1 mg/kg to 3 mg/kg. Patients were assessed weekly for symptom severity. Histologic remission was defined as ≤4 gastric eosinophils/high-powered field (hpf) or ≤15 duodenal eosinophils/hpf.

As of September of 2020, 45 patients had received ³52 weeks of lirentelimab and 29 patients received 70 weeks of therapy.

Total gastrointestinal symptom severity (TSS) decreased over time. Patients who received longer therapy reported a 68% average TSS reduction at weeks 29-30, 70% at weeks 51-52, and 75% at weeks 69-70.

At weeks 69-70, symptom-specific severity had decreased by 100% for vomiting, 99% for early satiety, 96% for loss of appetite, 94% for diarrhea, 90% for abdominal cramping, 88% for nausea, 87% for abdominal pain, and 65% for bloating.

At endoscopy on day 323, a 98% reduction in gastrointestinal eosinophil counts were found compared with baseline (mean, 2 vs 72 eosinophils/hpf) and histologic remission was achieved by all but 3 patients.

Mild to moderate infusion-related reactions were more frequently reported after the first infusion. No patients who received a prednisone dose the day before the first infusion (n=20) reported an infusion-related reaction.

This study was limited by its small sample size and these results should be validated among a larger cohort.

The study authors concluded that lirentelimab may be a viable treatment option for patients with EG and/or EoD, as it was associated with long-term symptom improvement with sustained tissue eosinophil depression and little risk for treatment-related adverse events.

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Peterson KA, Chehade M, Murray JA, et al. Long-term treatment of patients with eosinophilic gastritis and/or eosinophilic duodenitis with lirentelimab, a monoclonal antibody against SIGLEC-8. Presented at: Digestive Disease Week Annual Meeting; May 21-23, 2021. Abstract 539.