Clinical Experience With the Use of Doxycycline and Ursodeoxycholic Acid for the Treatment of Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis.


Division of Cardiology, Department of Cardiac Sciences, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND : The tolerability and utility of combination doxycycline and ursodeoxycholic acid (ursodiol) amyloid fibril disruption therapy for transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTR CA) in clinical practice is poorly described.
RESULTS : We report the clinical experience of 53 ATTR CA patients treated with doxycycline and ursodiol. Six patients (11%) did not tolerate the therapy owing to dermatologic and gastrointestinal effects. Of those remaining, the median follow-up was 22 months (range 8-30), mean age was 71 ± 11years, 41 (87%) were male, and 42 (89%) had wild-type and 5 (11%) mutant ATTR. Five patients (11%) died during follow-up. There was no significant change in New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class, cardiac biomarkers, or echocardiographic parameters during follow-up. Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal systolic strain (GLS) improved in 16 patients (38%) (-12 ± 4% to -17 ± 4%; P < .01). Patients whose LV GLS improved were significantly younger and had lower NYHA functional class, troponin-T, N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), and baseline LV GLS levels compared with those whose LV GLS did not improve. Troponin-T improved in follow-up for patients whose LV GLS improved (35 ± 21 to 20 ± 14 ng/L; P = .06).
CONCLUSIONS : Doxycycline and ursodiol therapy for treatment of ATTR CA was tolerable and was associated with stabilized markers of disease progression. LV GLS improved in patients with less advanced disease.


Transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis,doxycycline,efficacy,tolerability,ursodiol,

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