Colchicine for recurrent pericarditis (CORP): A randomized trial

Massimo Imazio*, Antonio Brucato, Roberto Cemin, Stefania Ferrua, Riccardo Belli, Silvia Maestroni, Rita Trinchero, David H. Spodick, Yehuda Adler

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Background: Recurrence is the most common complication of pericarditis, affecting 10% to 50% of patients. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of colchicine for the secondary prevention of recurrent pericarditis. Design: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled multicenter trial. ( registration number: NCT00128414) Setting: 4 general hospitals in urban areas of Italy. Patients: 120 patients with a first recurrence of pericarditis. Intervention: In addition to conventional treatment, patients were randomly assigned to receive either placebo or colchicine, 1.0 to 2.0 mg on the first day followed by a maintenance dose of 0.5 to 1.0 mg/d, for 6 months. Measurements: The primary study end point was the recurrence rate at 18 months. Secondary end points were symptom persistence at 72 hours, remission rate at 1 week, number of recurrences, time to first recurrence, disease-related hospitalization, cardiac tamponade, and rate of constrictive pericarditis. Results: At 18 months, the recurrence rate was 24% in the colchicine group and 55% in the placebo group (absolute risk reduction, 0.31 [95% CI, 0.13 to 0.46]; relative risk reduction, 0.56 [CI, 0.27 to 0.73]; number needed to treat, 3 [CI, 2 to 7]). Colchicine reduced the persistence of symptoms at 72 hours (absolute risk reduction, 0.30 [CI, 0.13 to 0.45]; relative risk reduction, 0.56 [CI, 0.27 to 0.74]) and mean number of recurrences, increased the remission rate at 1 week, and prolonged the time to subsequent recurrence. The study groups had similar rates of side effects and drug withdrawal. Limitation: Multiple recurrences and neoplastic or bacterial causes were excluded. Conclusion: Colchicine is safe and effective for secondary prevention of recurrent pericarditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-414
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - 4 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


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