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Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin in Hepatitis C Virus Infection After Liver Transplantation.

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: October 4, 2006
Last Update Posted: October 6, 2006
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Information provided by:
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy (and safety) of antiviral therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis C after liver transplantation. The only approved drugs for treatment of hepatitis C are pegylated interferon and ribavirin.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatitis C Drug: Pegylated interferon and ribavirin Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Study on the Efficacy and Safety of Pegylated Interferon and Ribavirin in Hepatitis C Virus Infection After Liver Transplantation

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Further study details as provided by Hospital Clinic of Barcelona:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Histological improvement (decrease in at least one fibrosis stage in follow-up liver biop

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Sustained virological response (persistent HCV-RNA negativation)
  • Safety of antiviral therapy

Estimated Enrollment: 55
Study Start Date: July 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2006
Detailed Description:
Hepatitis C recurrence after liver transplantation remains the main cause of graft loss after liver transplantation. Several strategies can be used to prevent or treat hepatitis C in the setting of liver transplantation. There are no controlled studies evaluating the efficacy and safety of antiviral treatment (using pegylated interferon and ribavirin) in liver transplant recipients. The main endpoint of this study was: 1) histological outcomes (effect of antiviral treatment on disease progression, i.e. liver fibrosis). The secondary endpoint were 1) Sustained virological response (persistent HCV-RNA clearance) and 2) Safety of pegylated interferon and ribavirin

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic hepatitis C defined by liver biopsy and presence of HCV-RNA
  • More than 6 months from liver transplantation
  • Written inform consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe hepatitis C recurrence (F3-F4 fibrosis stage, cholestatic hepatitis)
  • Double liver-kidney transplantation
  • Leucopenia (2000) or thrombocytopenia (40.000)
  • Anemia (Hemoglobin lower than 10 g/dL)
  • Renal failure (creatinine > 2 mg/dL)
  • Autoimmune disease
  • All contraindications for interferon and ribavirin therapy
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00383864

Liver Unit, Hospital Clinic
Barcelona, Spain, 08036
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
Principal Investigator: Xavier Forns, MD Liver Unit, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00383864     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PEG/RBV POST-TOH
First Submitted: October 2, 2006
First Posted: October 4, 2006
Last Update Posted: October 6, 2006
Last Verified: October 2006

Keywords provided by Hospital Clinic of Barcelona:
liver fibrosis
portal pressure
antiviral therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis C
Virus Diseases
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Flaviviridae Infections
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action