Changes in magnetic resonance imaging disease measures over 3 years in mildly disabled patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis receiving interferon β-1a in the COGnitive Impairment in MUltiple Sclerosis (COGIMUS) study.

Giuseppe Salemi, Orietta Picconi, Elisabetta Giugni, Stefano Galletti, Giacomo Luccichenti, Mario Quarantelli, Maria Trojano, Stefano Bastianello, Maria-Rosalia Tola, Francesco Patti, Maria P. Amato

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Abstract

Background: Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has improved the diagnosis and monitoring of multiple sclerosis (MS). In clinical trials, MRI has been found to detect treatment effects with greater sensitivity than clinical measures; however, clinical and MRI outcomes tend to correlate poorly.Methods: In this observational study, patients (n = 550; 18-50 years; relapsing-remitting MS [Expanded Disability Status Scale score ≤4.0]) receiving interferon (IFN) β-1a therapy (44 or 22 μg subcutaneously [sc] three times weekly [tiw]) underwent standardized MRI, neuropsychological and quality-of-life (QoL) assessments over 3 years. In this post hoc analysis, MRI outcomes and correlations between MRI parameters and clinical and functional outcomes were analysed.Results: MRI data over 3 years were available for 164 patients. T2 lesion and T1 gadolinium-enhancing (Gd+) lesion volumes, but not black hole (BH) volumes, decreased significantly from baseline to Year 3 (P < 0.0001). Percentage decreases (baseline to Year 3) were greater with the 44 μg dose than with the 22 μg dose for T2 lesion volume (-10.2% vs -4.5%, P = 0.025) and T1 BH volumes (-7.8% vs +10.3%, P = 0.002). A decrease in T2 lesion volume over 3 years predicted stable QoL over the same time period. Treatment with IFN β-1a, 44 μg sc tiw, predicted an absence of cognitive impairment at Year 3.Conclusion: Subcutaneous IFN β-1a significantly decreased MRI measures of disease, with a significant benefit shown for the 44 μg over the 22 μg dose; higher-dose treatment also predicted better cognitive outcomes over 3 years.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)125-133
Numero di pagine9
RivistaBMC Neurology
Volume11
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology

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