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Pilot Study of Atorvastatin in Children With Chronic Hyperlipidemia Secondary to Nephrotic Syndrome

This study has been terminated.
(Very poor enrollment)
Southwest Pediatric Nephrology Study Group
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Identifier:
First received: October 18, 1999
Last updated: September 14, 2017
Last verified: September 2017


I. Determine the effect of atorvastatin on the plasma levels of lipids, Lp(a), and apoproteins for treating hyperlipidemia in children with nephrotic syndrome in whom proteinuria and hyperlipidemia persist after other appropriate measures to treat their primary disease have been exhausted.

II. Determine the safety and tolerability of atorvastatin in these patients.

III. Provide preliminary data for a future investigation into the potential effect that lowering cholesterol levels may have on the rate of progression of renal insufficiency in such patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Nephrotic Syndrome Hyperlipidemia Drug: Atorvastatin Drug: Placebo Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in plasma lipid levels [ Time Frame: One year ]

Enrollment: 5
Actual Study Start Date: October 1998
Study Completion Date: December 1999
Primary Completion Date: December 1999 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Atorvastatin Drug: Atorvastatin
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo

Detailed Description:


This is a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, multicenter study.

After 3 months of low cholesterol diet, patients are randomized to receive atorvastatin tablets daily (arm I) or placebo tablets daily (arm II) for 3 months. Arm I patients receive increasing doses of atorvastatin every 4 weeks until individual maximum tolerated doses (MTDs) are determined.

After 3 months of treatment, all patients are given atorvastatin in a 6-9 month open label extended evaluation. Arm I patients receive atorvastatin for an additional 6 months and arm II patients receive atorvastatin for 9 months with increasing doses of atorvastatin every 4 weeks for the first 3 months until MTDs are determined.

Patients are followed every 6-8 weeks for one year.


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


--Disease Characteristics--

Chronic hyperlipidemia with treatment-resistant nephrotic syndrome; Must have received at least 2 months of therapy with steroids on a daily or alternate basis

Primary nephropathy described as minimal change nephrotic syndrome, mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis, IgM neuropathy, and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis

Glomerular filtration rate at least 30 mL/min

LDL cholesterol at least 160 mg/dL

--Prior/Concurrent Therapy--

No concurrent medications affecting or interacting with lipids or atorvastatin, with the exception of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors at discretion of referring physician, including: lipid-lowering medications, beta blockers, thiazides, fish oils, cyclosporine, Cytoxan, azathioprine, chlorambucil, and erythromycin

Concurrent prednisone and other corticosteroids allowed on a continual basis at a dose of no greater than 1 mg/kg every other day (maximum dose, no greater than 40 mg every other day); Concurrent acute courses of steroids no greater than 1 week for other unrelated conditions (e.g., asthma) also allowed

--Patient Characteristics--

Hepatic: ALT or AST less than 2 times normal

Renal: See Disease Characteristics; Creatine phosphokinase less than 3 times normal

Other: No history of familial hypercholesterolemia; No systemic disease such as systemic lupus, Schoenlein-Henoch purpura, Hodgkin's disease, polyarteritis nodosum, sickle cell disease, or HIV; Not pregnant; Effective contraception required of all adolescent patients

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004466

United States, Texas
Medical City Dallas Hospital
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75230
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Southwest Pediatric Nephrology Study Group
Study Chair: Ronald Hogg Southwest Pediatric Nephrology Study Group
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Identifier: NCT00004466     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/13924
R21DK053611 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
PD-981-183 ( Other Identifier: Southwest Pediatric Nephrology Study Group )
SPNSG-97.024 ( Other Identifier: Southwest Pediatric Nephrology Study Group )
Study First Received: October 18, 1999
Last Updated: September 14, 2017

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: Yes
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):
cardiovascular and respiratory diseases
nephrotic syndrome
rare disease
renal and genitourinary disorders

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nephrotic Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
Lipid Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Atorvastatin Calcium
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
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