JAK inhibitors in refractory juvenile idiopathic arthritis-associated uveitis

Elisabetta Miserocchi, Chiara Giuffrè, Martina Cornalba, Irene Pontikaki, Rolando Cimaz

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Abstract

To present our preliminary experience with JAK inhibitors in treating patients affected by juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and associated uveitis. Case series. Four consecutive patients with long-term history of juvenile idiopathic arthritis and severe associated uveitis were included in the study. Indication for treatment with JAK inhibitors was uncontrolled arthritis and/or uveitis despite different treatments with conventional and biologic disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). While on treatment with JAK inhibitors, namely, baricitinib (three cases) and tofacitinib (one case), all our patients showed improvement of uveitis defined as a reduction of intraocular inflammation according to Standardized Uveitis Nomenclature criteria. However, we observed a different response to treatment between the uveitis and the articular disease, as the latter did not respond as favorably as the former. Overall, the treatment was well tolerated by all patients and no ocular discomfort, ocular side effects, or allergic reactions were registered. JAK inhibitors may provide a new valuable treatment option in the therapeutic armamentarium for patients affected with JIA-associated uveitis, particularly in those refractory cases that are not adequately responding to conventional or biologic DMARDs.Key Points• A subset of patients with JIA uveitis either remain unresponsive or experience loss of efficacy• JAK inhibitors may provide a new valuable treatment option in JIA patients with uveitis• The safety profile was good with no occurrence of systemic side effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)847-851
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Rheumatology
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Baricitinib
  • JAK inhibitors
  • JIA-associated uveitis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Pediatric uveitis
  • Tofacitinib

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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