Tanaz Kermani, MD, on ANCA-Associated Vasculitis Treatment Strategies


In this podcast, Tanaz Kermani, MD, MS, provides an in-depth look at antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis. Listen as she discusses treatment strategies, duration of therapy, and the timing of renal transplantation for patients with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), or eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA).

Listen to our podcast with Dr Kermani on managing the complications and manifestations of large-vessel vasculitis here.


Additional Resources:

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  • Stone JH, Merkel PA, Spiera R, et al; RAVE−ITN research group. Rituximab versus cyclophosphamide for ANCA-associated vasculitis. N Engl J Med. 2010;363:221-232. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa0909905
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  • Walsh M, Merkel PA, Peh CA, et al; PEXIVAS investigators. Plasma exchange and glucocorticoids in severe ANCA-associated vasculitis. N Engl J Med. 2020;382(7):622-631. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1803537
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  • Guillevin L, Pagnoux C, Karras A et al. Rituximab versus azathioprine for maintenance in ANCA-associated vasculitis. N Engl J Med 2014;371(19):1771-1780. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1404231
  • Gopaluni S, Smith RM, Lewin M, et al; RITAZAREM investigators. Rituximab versus azathioprine as therapy for maintenance of remission for anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody-associated vasculitis (RITAZAREM): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2017;18(1):112. doi:10.1186/s13063-017-1857-z
  • Yates M, Watts RA, Bajema IM, et al. EULAR/ERA-EDTA recommendations for the management of ANCA-associated vasculitis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2016;75(9):1583-1594. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-209133
  • Jayne DRW, Bruchfeld AN, Harper L, et al; CLEAR study group. Randomized trial of C5a receptor inhibitor avacopan in ANCA-associated vasculitis. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017;28(9):2756-2767. doi:10.1681/ASN.2016111179
  • Merkel PA, Jayne DR, Wang C, et al. Evaluation of the safety and efficacy of avacopan, a C5a receptor inhibitor, in patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis treated concomitantly with rituximab or cyclophosphamide/azathioprine: protocol for a randomized, double-blind, active-controlled, phase 3 trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020;9:e1666. doi:10.2196/16664
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Tanaz Kermani, MD, MS, is an associate clinical professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is also director of the multidisciplinary Vasculitis Program.

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