Mycophenolate mofetil for sclerodermarelated interstitial lung disease: A real world experience

Misbah Baqir, Ashima Makol, Thomas G. Osborn, Brian J. Bartholmai, Jay H. Ryu

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Background and objective Interstitial lung disease (ILD) remains the number one cause of mortality in scleroderma (SSc). Our goal was to determine the effectiveness of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) in treating SSc-ILD in a retrospective study. Methods A retrospective, computer-assisted search was performed to identify patients with SSc-ILD treated with MMF from 1997 through 2014. We used a novel software tool, Computer-Aided Lung Informatics for Pathology Evaluation and Rating (CALIPER), to quantify parenchymal lung abnormalities on high-resolution computed tomography. Lung function was evaluated at baseline, 6, 12, and 24 months of MMF therapy. Results We identified 46 patients (28 females) with SSc-ILD (mean age at diagnosis 55 y) treated with MMF for at least 1 year (majority on 2 gm/day). Twenty-one patients (45.7%) stopped using MMF during the follow up period after the first 12 months, and they took MMF for a median of 2.12 years (range, 0.91-8.93 years). Only 4 discontinued MMF because of disease progression. Compared to baseline, the mean percentage change in forced vital capacity (95% CI) at 6, 12, and 24 months, respectively, was 1.01% (-2.38%-4.39%) (n = 26), 2.06% (-1.09%-5.22%) (n = 31), and -0.07% (-3.31%-3.17%) (n = 30), and the mean percentage change in ILD as measured by CALIPER (95% CI) was -5.40% (-18.62%-7.83%) (n = 18), -1.51% (-14.69%-11.68%) (n = 17), and -8.35% (-20.71%-4.02%) (n = 22).The mean right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) remained stable over the study period. Conclusions MMF is well tolerated and slows the rate of decline in lung function in SSc-ILD patients, even at doses lower at 3 g/day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0177107
JournalPloS one
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General


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