Certolizumab Pegol Treatment in Patients with Axial-Spondyloarthritis-Associated Acute Anterior Uveitis: a Narrative Review

Irene E. van der Horst-Bruinsma, Philip C. Robinson, Ennio G. Favalli, Frank D. Verbraak, Mindy Kim, Thomas Kumke, Lars Bauer, Bengt Hoepken, Atul Deodhar

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Background: Acute anterior uveitis (AAU) affects up to 40% of patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). An effective treatment for patients with axSpA that reduces the risk of AAU flares while also targeting axial symptoms is therefore highly desirable. Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFis) have been shown effective for treatment of axSpA and AAU occurrence, with guidelines conditionally recommending treating patients with axSpA and associated AAU with TNFi monoclonal antibodies. To date, most available data on the impact of TNFis on AAU in axSpA are from observational, open-label studies without parallel comparator arms. However, there is a growing body of evidence describing the impact of the TNFi certolizumab pegol (CZP) on the incidence of axSpA-associated AAU. Objective: Our objective was to collate data pertaining to the impact of CZP in axSpA-associated AAU in patients across the full axSpA spectrum. Methods: Data were obtained from four industry-supported phase 3 and 4 clinical trials (C-VIEW, C-axSpAnd, C-OPTIMISE, and RAPID-axSpA). To supplement these data, a targeted literature review was performed through searches of MEDLINE, Embase, and reference lists. Results: Available data from 1467 patients from the C-VIEW, C-axSpAnd, C-OPTIMISE, and RAPID-axSpA trials show CZP to be effective in AAU in patients across the full axSpA spectrum, reducing AAU flares when compared with placebo or pretreatment period. No differences in AAU outcomes were reported when stratified by axSpA subgroup age or sex. The targeted literature review identified six further studies of CZP in spondyloarthritis-associated AAU, only one of which was specific to axSpA. Conclusion: CZP was effective in reducing AAU incidence in clinical trials with patients with axSpA. The targeted literature review, however, highlighted that there remains a paucity of data beyond these trials. Data from comparative studies would further enhance the body of evidence on the effects of CZP in patients with axSpA who develop AAU. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1481-1497
Number of pages17
JournalRheumatology and Therapy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Axial spondyloarthritis
  • Certolizumab pegol
  • Extramusculoskeletal manifestations
  • TNF inhibitor
  • Uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy


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