Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2019;8(1):24-28. (DOI: 10.5582/irdr.2018.01095)

Propranolol and ascorbic acid in control of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva flare-ups due to accidental falls.

Palhares DB, Nascimento DR, Palhares MG, Balaniuc SLB, Giuliani LR, Xavier PCN, Brum JMG, Alves F, Vieira FO, Souza-Fagundes EM, Underwood A, Milsted A, Santos RAS, Martins AS


Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is a rare, intractable and devastating genetic connective tissue disorder characterized by progressive ectopic ossification in the soft tissues and skeleton. Three patients, one teenage girl (P1), one male adult (P2) and one male child (P3), were studied and treated with FOPCON (combined formulation of 14 mg of propranolol and 250 mg of ascorbic acid), given three times per day. P1 started treatment in March 2012, P2 in October 2012 and P3 in July 2015. The clinical follow-up of these three patients, before initiating treatment with FOPCON, showed that FOP flare-ups used to occur frequently and that under FOPCON therapy, none of these patients had flare-ups. The striking feature of this treatment with FOPCON, is that, all three cases suffered accidental falls with documented injures until complete healing and that where major flare-ups should occur, injures or sequels, there was none. The present clinical observation shows that ascorbic acid plus the nonspecific beta blocker propranolol can be effectively useful, when administered previously and continually, in the prophylaxis of FOP flare-ups, especially for accidental falls. In this regard, FOPCON could be a prophylactic aid in cases of surgery of patients with FOP, hoping that it may benefit patients from having the severe sequels, characteristic of heterotopic bone formation. All three patients reported, to date, they no longer had flare-ups nor heterotopic ossification and showed normal scar healing.

KEYWORDS: Vitamin C, beta blocker, ectopic ossification, FOPCON

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