Use of Atorvastatin (Lipitor) to Decrease Panel Reactive Antibody Titers
The purpose of this study is to identify subjects who are highly sensitized with antibodies. It is difficult for these patients to find suitable kidneys. We propose to treat such patients to decrease the antibodies in such a way, that it may become possible to safely transplant kidneys into them.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Use of Atorvastatin (Lipitor) to Decrease Panel Reactive Antibody Titers|
- This study is to identify subjects who are highly sensitized with these antibodies, and treat them in such a way, that it may become possible to transplant kidneys into them. [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||May 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Drug: Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
20mg every day, taken by mouth. Dose could be increased up to 60mg every day during the course of the trial if tests indicate this is needed.
Kidney transplantation is the desired treatment of choice in subjects with end-stage kidney disease (ESRD). The average waiting time for subjects to receive a "deceased donor" kidney transplant is 3-5 years. Currently, there are about 60,000 subjects on the national waiting list, and about 13,000-14,000 kidney transplants are performed each year. Approximately, 25% of subjects on the waiting list are "highly sensitized", meaning that they have natural proteins (antibodies) that aggressively protect their bodies from the invasion of foreign proteins. These individuals often have a difficult time accepting transplanted kidneys. The purpose of this study is to identify subjects who are highly sensitized with these antibodies, and treat them in such a way, that it may become possible to transplant kidneys into them. Drugs like atorvastatin (Lipitor) may decrease the levels of these anti-bodies and increase the possibility of these subjects to receive a kidney transplant. This research study is being done because currently, there are very limited and cumbersome treatment options to address this issue, subjects who are highly sensitized with antibodies, may unfortunately wait for a very long time or may never get transplanted.
|United States, Illinois|
|The University of Chicago|
|Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60637|
|Principal Investigator:||Pradeep Kadambi, MD||The University of Chicago, 5841 South Maryland Ave., MC 5100 Chicago, IL 60637|