A Cohort Study of Testing for Helicobacter Pylori and the Long-term Risk of Peptic Ulcer Bleeding With Low-dose Aspirin (2NA3NANC)

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Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Francis KL Chan, Chinese University of Hong Kong
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01591486
First received: April 25, 2012
Last updated: May 2, 2012
Last verified: May 2012
  Purpose

Low-dose aspirin (ASA) has emerged as the most important cause of peptic ulcer bleeding worldwide. In western countries, ASA has overtaken non steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as a major cause of peptic ulcer bleeding in the elderly population [1,2]. Management of peptic ulcer bleeding in patients receiving ASA for cardiothrombotic diseases is a clinical dilemma. In a randomized trial of continuous versus interrupted ASA therapy after endoscopic treatment of peptic ulcer bleeding, patients who discontinued ASA had a 10-fold increased incidence of all-cause mortality compared to those who received continuous ASA therapy. On the other hand, patients receiving contiuous ASA therapy had a two-fold increased risk of early rebleeding [3]. Thus, preventing the occurrence of peptic ulcer bleeding in ASA users is important in reducing morbidity and mortality.

Given the uncertain clinical utility of Helicobacter Pylori (Hp) testing in ASA users, this prospective cohort study aims to determine whether testing for Hp will have any impact on the long-term incidence of ulcer bleeding in ASA users with high ulcer risk. The investigators hypothesise that among ASA users with Hp infection and ulcer bleeding, the long-term incidence of recurrent ulcer bleeding with ASA use will be low after eradication of Hp alone.


Condition
Bacterial Infection Due to Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori)
Peptic Ulcer Bleeding

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Long-term Prospective Cohort Study of Testing for Helicobacter Pylori and the Long-term Risk of Peptic Ulcer Bleeding With Low-dose Aspirin (2NA3NANC

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Further study details as provided by Chinese University of Hong Kong:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The cumulative incidence of gastroduodenal ulcer bleeding [ Time Frame: 10 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The cumulative incidence of gastroduodenal ulcer bleeding with ASA use in 10 years. Gastroduodenal ulcer bleeding is defined as haematemesis and/or melaena with gastroduodenal ulcers, or erosions with blood in the stomach confirmed by endoscopy, or a decrease in the haemoglobin level >2 g/dL in the presence of endoscopically proven ulcers.


Enrollment: 904
Study Start Date: January 1995
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
Hp-negative cohort

Hp-negative cohort

The second cohort consists of ASA users with ulcer bleeding but no current or past Hp infection, as evidenced by:

  1. negative rapid urease test
  2. negative histology for Hp infection on both initial and follow-up endoscopy
  3. negative serology test
  4. absence of intestinal metaplasia and atrophy on 4 random biopsies of the antrum and corpus

After ulcer healing, the Hp-negative cohort will receive enteric-coated ASA (<160 mg daily) without regular co-prescription of anti-ulcer drugs.

Hp-eradicated cohort
Hp-eradicated cohort This cohort consists of ASA users with ulcer bleeding and Hp infection who have healed ulcers and successful eradication of Hp on follow-up endoscopy. They will receive plain ASA (<160 mg daily) without co-prescription of anti-ulcer drugs.
Average-risk cohort
Average-risk cohort The third cohort consists of ASA-naive patients without a history of ulcer who attend the general outpatient clinic. They require long-term ASA for established cardiothrombotic diseases. They receive plain ASA (<160 mg daily) without co-prescription of anti-ulcer drugs. Hp status will not be determined in this cohort because Hp testing is not justified in average-risk asymptomatic patients.

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Detailed Description:

Low-dose aspirin (ASA) has emerged as the most important cause of peptic ulcer bleeding worldwide. In western countries, ASA has overtaken NSAIDs as a major cause of peptic ulcer bleeding in the elderly population [1,2]. Management of peptic ulcer bleeding in patients receiving ASA for cardiothrombotic diseases is a clinical dilemma. In a randomized trial of continuous versus interrupted ASA therapy after endoscopic treatment of peptic ulcer bleeding, patients who discontinued ASA had a 10-fold increased incidence of all-cause mortality compared to those who received continuous ASA therapy. On the other hand, patients receiving contiuous ASA therapy had a two-fold increased risk of early rebleeding [3]. Thus, preventing the occurrence of peptic ulcer bleeding in ASA users is important in reducing morbidity and mortality.

Emerging evidence from secondary analysis of cardiovascular trials suggests that aspirin also reduces the risk of all cancers, even at cardioprotective doses [4]. With increasing use of ASA for cardiothrombotic diseases and cancer prevention, the global burden of ASA-associated peptic ulcer disease is expected to increase.

A number of risk factors are known to increase the risk of peptic ulcer bleeding with ASA use. These include a history of peptic ulcer or ulcer bleeding, old age, renal failure, concurrent use of ASA and clopidogrel, and Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection [5-7]. Among these risk factors, concomitant use of clopidogrel and a history of peptic ulcer bleeding and are important predictors of ulcer bleeding with ASA use [7]. On the other hand, Hp is the only risk factor that can be modified. Eradication of Hp therefore offers a hope of reducing the risk of ulcer bleeding in ASA users.

Current European and U.S. guidelines unanimously recommend test-and-treat Hp infection in ASA users who are at risk of ulcer bleeding [8-10]. Despite these guidelines, the long-term benefit of eradicating Hp in high-risk ASA users is uncertain.

In a 6-month randomised trial of ASA users with Hp infection complicated by ulcer bleeding, patients were randomised to one-week of Hp eradication therapy alone or maintenance treatment with omeprazole after ulcers has healed. Our results showed that the incidence of recurrent ulcer bleeding was comparable between the group receiving Hp eradication alone (1.9%) and the group receiving omeprazole (0.9%) [11]. In another 12-month randomised trial, ASA users with Hp infection complicated by ulcer bleeding were randomised to one-week of eradication therapy alone or one week of eradication therapy plus maintenance treatment with lansoprazole. In this study, up to 15% of ASA users developed recurrent ulcer bleeding after eradication of Hp alone. Among the ASA users who developed recurrent ulcer bleeding, however, over two-thirds had failure Hp eradication or used concomitant NSAIDs [12].

In light of these conflicting findings, current guidelines recommend that co-therapy with a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) is still needed in high-risk ASA users after eradication of Hp [8-10]. Since PPIs are more effective in preventing ASA-associated ulcers in the presence of Hp infection [13], the clinical relevance of testing for Hp in high-risk ASA users becomes even more questionable. To date, the strategy of test-and-treat Hp for ASA users is not popular among primary care doctors or specialists.

One alternative gastroprotective strategy is to prescribe PPIs to all ASA users at high risk of ulcer bleeding and ignore Hp testing. However, poor compliance to gastroprotective co-therapy limits its effectiveness. Recently, health authorities issued warning about the the use of PPI and the risk of hip fractures and potential adverse drug-interactions between PPI and clopidogrel [14,15]. Clopidgorel is commonly used in combination with ASA for preventing coronary stent thrombosis but dual anti-platelet therapy will substantially increase the risk of ulcer bleeding [5]. If eradication of Hp can reduce the long-term risk of ulcer bleeding with ASA use, there may be a potential hope of limiting PPI use to very high risk ASA users.

Given the uncertain clinical utility of Hp testing in ASA users, this prospective cohort study aims to determine whether testing for Hp will have any impact on the long-term incidence of ulcer bleeding in ASA users with high ulcer risk. The investigators hypothesise that among ASA users with Hp infection and ulcer bleeding, the long-term incidence of recurrent ulcer bleeding with ASA use will be low after eradication of Hp alone.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Consecutive users of ASA presented with upper gastrointestinal bleeding to the Endoscopy Centre of the Prince of Wales Hospital will be screened for eligibility. The Prince of Wales Hospital serves a local population of 1.5 million people in Hong Kong. All patients undergo endoscopy within 24 hours of hospitalisation to identify the source of bleeding, to secure haemostasis, and to determine their Hp status.

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Gastroduodenal ulcer bleeding confirmed by endoscopy
  2. Anticipated regular use of ASA for cardiothrombotic diseases

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Uncontrolled bleeding requiring surgical intervention
  2. Previous gastric surgery except for a patch repair
  3. Gastroesophageal varices
  4. Gastric-outlet obstruction
  5. Gastroesophageal reflux disease requiring regular acid suppressive therapy
  6. Renal failure (defined by a serum creatinine level of more than 200 μmol per liter)
  7. Moribund conditions
  8. Active malignancy
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Locations
China
Endoscopy Center, Prince of Wales Hospital
Hong Kong, China
Sponsors and Collaborators
Chinese University of Hong Kong
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Francis KL Chan, Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01591486     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2NA3NANC
Study First Received: April 25, 2012
Last Updated: May 2, 2012
Health Authority: Hong Kong: Department of Health

Keywords provided by Chinese University of Hong Kong:
Helicobacter pylori (Hp)
ASA users
peptic ulcer bleeding
cohorts

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bacterial Infections
Hemorrhage
Peptic Ulcer
Peptic Ulcer Hemorrhage
Ulcer
Pathologic Processes
Duodenal Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Stomach Diseases
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage

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