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Adrenal Insufficiency in Cirrhotics With Ascites. Effects of Hydrocortisone on Renal and Haemodynamic Function (AILD)

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: NCT00657306
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2008 by University of Turin, Italy.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : April 14, 2008
Last Update Posted : April 14, 2008
Information provided by:
University of Turin, Italy

Brief Summary:

Relative adrenal insufficiency (RAI) is an well known condition in patients with septic shock. Liver failure (including chronic liver failure)and sepsis are both characterized by hyperdynamic circulatory failure (with low arterial pressure) and high levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Hydrocortisone has been shown to have a beneficial effect on clinical outcome. The aim of this study is to evaluate the incidence of RAI in the different settings of ascites in cirrhosis and the usefulness of hydrocortisone in this context.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cirrhosis With Ascites Drug: hydrocortisone Drug: dextrose solution 5% Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Adrenal Insufficiency in Cirrhotics With Ascites. Effects of Stress Doses of Hydrocortisone on Renal Function and on Liver and Systemic Haemodynamics
Study Start Date : May 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date : May 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Hydrocortisone, 50 mg/6 h per day
Drug: hydrocortisone
50 mg/6 h per day

Placebo Comparator: 2
dextrose solution 5%
Drug: dextrose solution 5%
dextrose solution 5% 100 ml/6 h per day

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. renal function [ Time Frame: 10 days ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Cirrhosis with ascites, with or without hepatorenal syndrome

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age < 18 and > 75 years
  • Shock or bacterial infection present at the inclusion or during the previous week
  • Bleeding present at the inclusion or during the previous week
  • Multifocal HCC
  • Organic renal failure
  • Hearth or pulmonary failure

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00657306

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Contact: Carlo Alessandria, MD 00390116335561
Contact: Monica Carello, MD 00390116335569

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San Giovanni Battista Hospital
Turin, Italy, 10126
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Turin, Italy
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Principal Investigator: Carlo Alessandria, MD Division of gastroenterology and hepatology

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Responsible Party: AOU San Giovanni Battista di Torino, Carlo Alessandria Identifier: NCT00657306    
Other Study ID Numbers: AILD
First Posted: April 14, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 14, 2008
Last Verified: April 2008
Keywords provided by University of Turin, Italy:
Adrenal insufficiency
Hepatorenal syndrome
Portal hypertension
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Adrenal Insufficiency
Pathologic Processes
Adrenal Gland Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Hydrocortisone 17-butyrate 21-propionate
Hydrocortisone acetate
Hydrocortisone hemisuccinate
Epinephryl borate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Adrenergic alpha-Agonists
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Adrenergic beta-Agonists
Bronchodilator Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Respiratory System Agents
Vasoconstrictor Agents