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Non-invasive Evaluation of Hepatic Fibrosis in Patients With the Metabolic Syndrome

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2009 by Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc- Université Catholique de Louvain.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: November 14, 2006
Last updated: September 17, 2009
Last verified: September 2009

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is now recognised as the hepatic complication of the metabolic syndrome of insulin resistance. In some patients, the disease can progress into steatohepatitis (NASH) which associates fatty liver, hepatocellular damage, chronic inflammation and variable and progressive fibrosis. The latter can evolve into cirrhosis and end-stage liver disease.

Thus the presence of fibrosis sign the severity of the disease, and therefore its accurate detection is crucial for the identification of patients in need of treatment and appropriate follow-up.

To date, histological examination of a biopsy of the liver is the gold standard in the diagnosis of fibrosis. the procedure is however associated with significant complication in 0.01 to 0.1% of cases and with sampling errors because it analyses only a minimal portion fo the liver.

The aim of the study is to evaluate, in a population of patients with the metabolic syndrome, whether non-invasive tests may identify those with hepatic fibrosis.

At inclusion, serum tests, fibroscan (elastography of the liver by ultra-sounds) and elastography by MRI will be performed. Those tests will be repeated within 2 months.

A liver biopsy will be performed if 2 out of the 3 (serum test, fibroscan or elastography) tests are suggestive of hepatic fibrosis.

This study will allow to determine

  • whether hepatic fibrosis may be detected by non-invasive means in patients with NAFLD/NASH.
  • whether there is a correlation between non-invase tests and liver biopsy for assessment of fibrosis and it severity
  • whether the presence of fatty liver interfere with the results of the fibroscan and the elastography.
  • whether there are metabolic factors associated with an increased risk of fibrosis in this population.

Metabolic Syndrome

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective

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Further study details as provided by Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc- Université Catholique de Louvain:

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
liver biopsy serum

Estimated Enrollment: 75
Study Start Date: March 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2010
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
patients with type 2 diabetes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • metabolic syndrome with 3 out of 5 criteria (ATP III definition)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • alcohol intake > 20g/day (women), > 30g/day (men)
  • chronic liver disease of other cause: viral hepatitis (HBV, HCV), Wilson's disease, haemochromatosis, alpha1 anti-trypsin deficiency, drug-induced, ...
  • decompensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh 3)
  • body weight > 120 Kg
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00399932

Contact: Yves J Horsmans, M.D.,Ph.D. 32 2 764 28 37
Contact: Bernard VanBeers, M.D. 32 2 764 29 45

StLuc University Hospital Recruiting
Brussels, Belgium, 1200
Principal Investigator: Michel Hermans, M.D., Ph.D         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc- Université Catholique de Louvain
Study Director: Yves J Horsmans, M.D.,PhD StLuc university hospital, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Brussels, Belgium
  More Information

Responsible Party: Prof Y Horsmans, Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc- Université Catholique de Louvain Identifier: NCT00399932     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ELASTO1
Study First Received: November 14, 2006
Last Updated: September 17, 2009

Keywords provided by Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc- Université Catholique de Louvain:
metabolic syndrome
insulin resistance
hepatic fibrosis
elastography by MRI

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Metabolic Syndrome X
Pathologic Processes
Insulin Resistance
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases processed this record on May 23, 2017