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Dosing of Intra-articular Triamcinolone Hexacetonide for Knee Synovitis in Chronic Polyarthritis

Information source: Uppsala University
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Condition(s) targeted: Arthritis of the Knee

Intervention: Triamcinolone hexacetonide (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: Uppsala University

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Tomas Weitoft, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Center for Research and Development Uppsala University/Region Gavleborg

Overall contact:
Tomas Weitoft, MD, PhD, Phone: +46 26 154000, Ext: 4388, Email: thomas.weitoft@regiongavleborg.se


This prospective randomised controlled single blind trial comparing the relapse rate in 6 months for 20 mg versus 40 mg intraarticular triamcinolone hexacetonide (Lederspan®) for knee synovitis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic artritis (PsoA) is performed to find the optimal dose to use.

Clinical Details

Official title: Dosing of Intra-articular Triamcinolone Hexacetonide for Knee Synovitis in Chronic Polyarthritis

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: arthritis relapse

Detailed description: Background: Triamcinolone hecacetonide (THA) has been used for local intraarticular injecton treatment for knee synovitis in decades, but no dose finding studies have been performed. In the literature the doses for knee injections vary between 20 mg and 80 mg, depending on local traditions. The aim of the present study is to find the optimal THA dosing, comparing the relapse rate during a 6 month observation period for the two most used dosages . Methods: Adult patients with RA or PsoA with treatment demands for ongoing knee synovitis are recruited at the Rheumatology Departments in Gävle and Falun. After informed consent patient characteristics,(age, sex, medical treatment), clinical and laboratory parameters of disease activity (DAS28, CRP), as well as degree of functional impairment (HAQ) are collected. A radiographic examination of the knee is performed and assessed (using Larsen Dale index) by an independent radiologist. The patients are allocated to either 20 mg or 40 mg THA using the randomisation dose which is hidden in prepared closed envelopes. After complete synovial fluid aspiration the THA dose is injected . The patients are told to contact the rheumatology department if no treatment response or if symtoms from the treated knee recurr. If so, the knee is examined again and if synovitis is confirmed a relapse is registered. Time from injection to relapse is calculated. Patients without relapse are called after 6 months to confirm they still are well and that no unknown relapse have occurred. When the observation period for the last included patient is finished the relapse rate between the 20 mg THA group is compared with the 40 mg THA Group.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: synovitis of the knee, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthrthritis, written informed consent


Exclusion Criteria:

- inability to understand study information, function class 4 according to

Steinbrocker, planning knee surgery, , joint infection, intraarticular glucocorticoid injection in this joint the past 3 months, oral glucocortoid treatment corresponding to >10 mg prednisolone

Locations and Contacts

Tomas Weitoft, MD, PhD, Phone: +46 26 154000, Ext: 4388, Email: thomas.weitoft@regiongavleborg.se

Section of Rheumatology, Gävle hospital, Gavle 80187, Sweden; Recruiting
Tomas Weitoft, MD, PhD, Phone: +46 26 154000, Ext: 4388, Email: thomas.weitoft@regiongavleborg.se
Kajsa Ă–berg, MD, Email: kajsa.oberg@ltdalarna.se
Additional Information

Related publications:

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Arnett FC, Edworthy SM, Bloch DA, McShane DJ, Fries JF, Cooper NS, Healey LA, Kaplan SR, Liang MH, Luthra HS, et al. The American Rheumatism Association 1987 revised criteria for the classification of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 1988 Mar;31(3):315-24.

Taylor W, Gladman D, Helliwell P, Marchesoni A, Mease P, Mielants H; CASPAR Study Group. Classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis: development of new criteria from a large international study. Arthritis Rheum. 2006 Aug;54(8):2665-73.

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Starting date: April 2015
Last updated: May 7, 2015

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