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Chest. 2004 Aug;126(2):420-7.

Treprostinil, a prostacyclin analogue, in pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with connective tissue disease.

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Research and Education Institute, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA 90502, USA.



To assess the efficacy and safety of continuous subcutaneous infusion of treprostinil, a stable prostacyclin analogue, for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in patients with connective tissue disease (CTD).


Two multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, prospective trials of treprostinil vs placebo in 470 patients with PAH.


A subset of 90 patients with PAH and CTD, including systemic lupus erythematosus, diffuse scleroderma, limited scleroderma, and mixed CTD/overlap syndrome.


Patients received either treprostinil (initiated at 1.25 ng/kg/min, and titrated upward) or placebo via continuous subcutaneous infusion. The maximum dose of treprostinil allowed was 22.5 ng/kg/min.


Six-minute walk (6MW) distance and dyspnea-fatigue scores were determined at baseline, and at 6 weeks and 12 weeks. Hemodynamic measures were obtained at baseline and at 12 weeks.


At baseline, most patients had New York Heart Association class III symptoms. The mean baseline 6MW distance was 289 m (range, 60 to 448 m). The mean dose of treprostinil at week 12 was 8.4 ng/kg/min (range, 1.25 to 17.5 ng/kg/min). After 12 weeks, the change in cardiac index from baseline was + 0.2 +/- 0.08 L/min/m(2) in the treprostinil group and - 0.07 +/- 0.07 L/min/m(2) in the placebo group (p = 0.007). The pulmonary vascular resistance index decreased by 4 +/- 2 U x m(2) in the treprostinil group and increased by 1 +/- 1 U x m(2) in the placebo group (p = 0.006). The placebo-corrected median improvement from baseline in 6MW distance was 25 m in treprostinil-treated patients (p = 0.055); this improvement appeared to be dose related. Dyspnea fatigue scores also improved in the treprostinil group compared with the placebo group (p = 0.014). Adverse events included infusion site pain and typical side effects related to prostaglandins, and were tolerated by most patients.


Continuous subcutaneous infusion of treprostinil in patients with PAH associated with CTD improved exercise capacity, symptoms of PAH, and hemodynamics.

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