This prospective study evaluates the safety and efficacy of pravastatin for the treatment of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). We included 18 patients with refractory chronic GVHD. Oral pravastatin was started at 10 mg/day, and the dose was increased up to 40 mg/day in 4 weeks. This maximum dose was administered over 8 weeks. There were no severe adverse events caused by pravastatin. A clinical response was observed in the skin score in two patients, mouth score in five patients, eye score in two patients, liver score in three patients, platelet count score in one patient, and weight loss in two patients. The overall response rate was 28%. Immunophenotypic analyses showed that T-helper (Th) 1 cells were dominant in all but one patient before treatment and that the Th1/Th2 ratio tended to be lower in the responders than in the nonresponders. A randomized controlled trial is warranted to evaluate the efficacy of pravastatin against chronic GVHD.
- Chronic graft-versus-host disease