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Genet Med. 2008 May;10(5):353-8. doi: 10.1097/GIM.0b013e318170f868.

Successful reinstitution of agalsidase beta therapy in Fabry disease patients with previous IgE-antibody or skin-test reactivity to the recombinant enzyme.

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  • 1Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas 66205, USA.



To determine if enzyme replacement therapy, involving intravenous infusions of recombinant human alpha-galactosidase A (agalsidase beta; Fabrazyme), could be safely continued in patients with Fabry disease who had been withdrawn from a previous clinical trial as a precautionary, protocol-specified measure due to detection of serum IgE antibodies or skin-test reactivity to agalsidase beta.


The rechallenge infusion protocol specified strict patient monitoring conditions and graded dosing and infusion-rate schemes that were adjusted according to each patient's tolerance to the infusion. Six males (age: 26-66 years) were enrolled.


During rechallenge, five patients received between 4 and 27 infusions; one patient voluntarily withdrew after one infusion because of recurrence of infusion-associated reactions. No anaphylactic reactions occurred. All adverse events, including four serious adverse events, were mild or moderate in intensity. Most treatment-related adverse events occurred during infusions (most commonly urticaria, vomiting, nausea, chills, pruritus, hypertension) and were resolved by infusion rate reductions and/or medication. After participation in the study, all patients, including the one who withdrew after one infusion, transitioned to commercial drug.


Agalsidase beta therapy can be successfully reinstated in patients with Fabry disease who have developed IgE antibodies or skin test reactivity to the recombinant enzyme.

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