Background: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder associated with tumour growth in various organs, including the brain, kidneys, heart and skin. Cutaneous lesions are prevalent manifestations of TSC, occurring in up to 90% of patients. Oral mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors, such as everolimus, is believed to be effective for treatment of TSC-associated lesions because they act on the underlying disease pathophysiology. Objective: We evaluated the long-term effect of oral everolimus on TSC-associated skin lesions as a secondary objective in the phase III studies EXIST-1 (NCT00789828) and EXIST-2 (NCT00790400) after approximately 4 years of treatment. Materials and methods: Everolimus was dosed 4.5 mg/m2/day (titrated to trough 5–15 ng/mL) in patients with TSC-associated subependymal giant cell astrocytoma in EXIST-1, and 10 mg/day initially in adult patients with TSC- or sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis–associated renal angiomyolipoma in EXIST-2. Following positive results from the core phase, remaining patients were offered open-label everolimus in an extension. Skin lesion response rate was the proportion of patients achieving complete or partial clinical response. Results: A total of 105 patients in EXIST-1 and 107 in EXIST-2 received everolimus and had ≥1 skin lesion at baseline. Skin lesion response rate (95% confidence interval) was 58.1% (48.1–67.7%) in EXIST-1 and 68.2% (58.5–76.9%) in EXIST-2; most were partial responses. At week 192 (EXIST-1: n = 55; EXIST-2: n = 56), 69% and 66% had a response. Most common drug-related adverse event was stomatitis (41–45%). Conclusion: Oral everolimus improved TSC-related skin lesions, with responses sustained over 4 years of treatment in EXIST-1 and EXIST-2.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology|
|State||Published - Oct 2018|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases