Daily oral versus pulse intravenous cyclophosphamide in the therapy of ANCA-associated vasculitis--preliminary single center experience

Prague Med Rep. 2004;105(1):64-8.


The aim of the multicentric randomized trial CYCLOPS is to optimize the treatment of induction of remission in patients with generalized, but not immediately life-threatening ANCA (antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies) -associated vasculitis. This will be achieved by reducing the dose of cyclophosphamide by administering it as intermittent pulses. The lower cumulative dose will be very probably accompanied with lower toxicity, whereas the effectivity should be comparable. We have enrolled 28 patients to the study. At present, 18 of them are suitable for evaluation. Our preliminary results show that pulse intermittent administration of cyclophosphamide is safer from the point of morbidity and mortality due to infectious complications. In our hands, this treatment modality does not seem to be less effective than the conventional daily oral cyclophosphamide. However, unambiguous results and treatment recommendations will not be available until the final evaluation of all patients enrolled in the trial.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic / blood*
  • Cyclophosphamide / administration & dosage*
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulse Therapy, Drug
  • Vasculitis / drug therapy*
  • Vasculitis / immunology


  • Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Cyclophosphamide