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The MARS® Albumin Dialysis System in Patients With Fulminant and Subfulminant Hepatic Failure

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00224705
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 23, 2005
Last Update Posted : February 17, 2011
Information provided by:
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is to improve the survival rate of those patients with acute fulminant hepatitis through treatment with the MARS® extra-corporal liver-purification system by:

  1. Reducing the number of patients who die before a graft is available
  2. Increasing the chances of survival without a liver transplant
  3. Reducing the pre- and post-operative mortality in transplant patients

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hepatitis Device: Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System (MARS®) Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Patients with fulminant or subfulminant hepatitis with either an indication or a relative contraindication to a liver transplantation, are randomized to two groups:

  1. A group treated with the conventional medical intensive treatment (including the hemodialysis techniques, continuous veno-venous hemofiltration or hemodiafiltration, if necessary) and the gold standard surgical treatment (liver transplantation) compared to
  2. A group receiving, in addition to the conventional medical intensive treatment, albumin dialysis using the MARS device and the gold standard surgical treatment (liver transplantation).

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 110 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Efficacy and Safety of the Albumin Dialysis MARS® Therapy in Patients With Fulminant and Subfulminant Hepatic Failure
Study Start Date : August 2004
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: Hepatitis

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient survival at six months [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Patient survival at six months without neurological sequelae [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  2. Patient survival at 1 year [ Time Frame: during one year ]
  3. Graft survival at six months and 1 year [ Time Frame: at 6 months and at one year ]
  4. Number of patients who improve their liver function and no longer need a transplant in each stage of the trial [ Time Frame: during one year ]
  5. Hospital mortality before the transplant [ Time Frame: during one year ]
  6. Evaluation, at different stages, of the progression of the neurological condition (clinical and electroencephalographic stages, Glasgow scale) [ Time Frame: during one year ]
  7. Evaluation at different stages, of the progression of biological parameters, which reflect liver and kidney function [ Time Frame: during one year ]
  8. Evaluation of the safety parameters of the MARS® system (thromboembolism, risk of haemorrhage and infections) [ Time Frame: during one year ]
  9. Economic elements: duration of stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) up to the transplant and after the transplant [ Time Frame: during one year ]
  10. duration of hospitalisation [ Time Frame: during one year ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with severe or sub-severe hepatitis, with an indication or a contraindication to liver transplantation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Sepsis severe not controlled
  • Haemorrhage activates not controlled
  • Clinical Obviousness of disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • Severe Pathology cardiopulmonary (NYHA > or = 2)
  • Pregnancy, breast feeding
  • Average blood Pressure < 40 mmHg more than 10 minutes in spite of a support by the inotrope
  • Nonhepatic coma of origin
  • Cholestases extra-hepatitic
  • Antecedents of heavy surgery in the 4 previous weeks or surgical problems unsolved
  • Absolute counter-indication with hepatic transplantation (extra Neoplasia hepatic evolutionary, irreversible cerebral Attack, irreversible multi-visceral Failure, visceral tares contra-indicating the transplantation)
  • Positive serology HIV
  • Hepatic Demonstrations of the malignant hemopathies
  • Participation in another therapeutic test in the 4 previous weeks

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00224705

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Hôpital Paul Brousse
Villejuif, France, 94800
Sponsors and Collaborators
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
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Principal Investigator: Faouzi SALIBA, Pr, MD, PhD Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Cecile JOURDAIN, Department of Clinical Research of developpement Identifier: NCT00224705    
Other Study ID Numbers: P030423
First Posted: September 23, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 17, 2011
Last Verified: July 2007
Keywords provided by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris:
Albumin dialysis
MARS system
Extracorporeal artificial liver support
Fulminant hepatitis
Subfulminant hepatitis
Acute liver failure
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Liver Failure
Hepatic Insufficiency
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases