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Effectiveness and safety of lomitapide in a patient with familial chylomicronemia syndrome

  • Autori: Cefalu AB; Giammanco A; Noto D; Spina R; Cabibi D; Barbagallo CM; Averna M.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2020
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista
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Background: Familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS) is characterized by severe fasting hypertriglyceridemia, abdominal pain, and recurrent acute pancreatitis. Available triglyceride-lowering drugs are insufficient to avoid pancreatitis. Therefore, there is a significant unmet medical need for effective triglyceride-lowering drugs for patients with FCS. Case report: We report the second case of a patient with FCS and recurrent pancreatitis treated with lomitapide. Lomitapide treatment resulted in a reduction of fasting TG levels from 2897 mg/dL (32.71 mmol/L) to an average of 954 mg/dL (10.77 mmol/L) on the 30 mg lomitapide equating to a 67% reduction from baseline. After 26 months of lomitapide treatment, histological activity score for hepatic fibrosis was stable although liver biopsy showed a marked increase of liver steatosis and mild perivenular and perisinusoidal fibrosis. Conclusions: Lomitapide is effective in reducing triglycerides in FCS and preventing the recurrence of acute pancreatitis. A longer follow-up is necessary to evaluate long-term risk of progression toward severe stages of liver fibrosis. A prospective clinical trial may identify which subgroup of FCS patients would benefit from lomitapide treatment in the absence of significant liver adverse effects.