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Real-World Experience with Benralizumab in Patients with Severe Eosinophilic Asthma: A Case Series

Authors Menzella F, Bonavia M, Bonini M, D'Amato M, Lombardo S, Murgia N, Patella V, Triggiani M, Pelaia G

Received 11 December 2020

Accepted for publication 11 February 2021

Published 22 February 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 149—161


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Amrita Dosanjh

Francesco Menzella,1 Marco Bonavia,2 Matteo Bonini,3 Maria D’Amato,4 Salvatore Lombardo,5 Nicola Murgia,6 Vincenzo Patella,7,8 Massimo Triggiani,9 Girolamo Pelaia10

1Pneumology Unit, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Azienda USL di Reggio Emilia-IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy; 2Pneumologia Riabilitativa - Ospedale Ge-Arenzano, ASL3-, Genoa, Italy; 3Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy; 4Respiratory Department- Monaldi Hospital AO Dei Colli, Naples, Italy; 5Pneumology Unit, Ospedale Giovanni Paolo II, Lamezia Terme, Italy; 6Section of Occupational Medicine, Respiratory Diseases and Toxicology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy; 7Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine ASL Salerno, Santa Maria Della Speranza Hospital, Salerno, Italy; 8Postgraduate Program in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy; 9Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy; 10Department of Health Sciences, Respiratory Unit, University “Magna Graecia” of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy

Correspondence: Francesco Menzella
Pneumology Unit, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Azienda USL di Reggio Emilia-IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy
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Purpose: Severe eosinophilic asthma (SEA) is characterized by high eosinophilia, severe symptoms, important comorbidities, frequent exacerbations, and poor asthma control. Benralizumab, targeting the interleukin-5 receptor alpha, proved effective in inducing rapid eosinophil depletion and amelioration of symptoms and lung function; it also allowed to reduce exacerbations and the use of oral corticosteroids (OCS). The present case series, spanning different subtypes of SEA, aimed at expanding the real-world experience with benralizumab in Italy.
Patients and Methods: We collected data from SEA patients treated with benralizumab, at baseline and during treatment. We focused on the effects of benralizumab in the following conditions and endpoints: i) overlap between high-IgE and high-eosinophilic asthma; ii) presence of nasal polyposis as comorbidity; iii) corticosteroid-sparing effect; iv) patient perception.
Results: Ten SEA patients (females: N=7; age range: 19– 70 years) referred to 8 Italian Centers and treated with benralizumab were included, presenting with several comorbidities such as non-allergic disease (8/10), atopy (3/10), high IgE (5/10) and nasal polyposis (6/10). Overall, benralizumab yielded optimal disease control in all patients, particularly in terms of rapid clinical and functional improvement, decreased systemic steroid need (OCS therapy was completely discontinued in 7 cases) and amelioration of patient quality of life, except for 1 case, in whom other conditions not related to benralizumab therapy interfered with the patient perception.
Conclusion: Our findings further support the efficacy and safety of benralizumab observed in randomized clinical trials, providing even better results for lung function improvement.

Keywords: benralizumab, IL-5 receptor, oral corticosteroids, overlap IgE/eosinophilic asthma, polyposis, real world, severe eosinophilic asthma

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