Renal Hemodynamics and Tubular Function in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Healthy Controls
Nitrogen-oxide (NO) plays an important role for blood pressure regulation, renal hemodynamics, and the renal excretion of sodium. NO is synthesized from L-arginine in the vascular endothelium and have a very short half-life in plasma and is therefore very difficult to measure directly.
L-mono-methyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) is an analogue to L-arginine and a competitive inhibitor of NO, and therefore can be used to study the effect of NO on the circulation. In normal subjects, infusion of L-NMMA will cause an increase in blood pressure, decreased renal plasma-flow, decreased glomerular filtration rate, and a decreased excretion of sodium.
Hypothesis: Patients with obstructive sleep apnea has a decreased activity in the NO-system. This is contributing to the hypertension often seen in these patients. Decreased activity in the NO-system can be revealed by diminished fall in renal hemodynamic and sodium excretion after infusion of L-NMMA.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Drug: L-NMMA (N-mono.methyl-L-arginine)
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00410085
|Department of Medical Research, Holstebro Hospital|
|Holstebro, Ringkoebing County, Denmark, 7500|
|Study Chair:||Erling B Pedersen, Professor||Regional Hospital Holstebro|