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Evaluation of New Markers to Assess Kidney Function

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(Non availability of funding)
Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
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Tufts Medical Center Identifier:
First received: July 8, 2009
Last updated: July 12, 2016
Last verified: July 2016
Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is widely accepted as the best index of kidney function in health and disease, and accurate values are required for optimal clinical decision making and in large-scale epidemiologic studies and clinical trials. Current recommended methods for measuring GFR are expensive, cumbersome to administer and assay and requires urine collection and administration of radioactive materials. The purpose of this study is to evaluate two non-radioactive markers (iohexol and gadolinium) compared to urinary clearance of inulin and iothalamate. The investigators hypothesize that plasma clearance of non-radioactive markers will be unbiased compared to a gold standard and more precise than currently used urinary clearance methods.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Kidney Disease Drug: Inulin

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Official Title: Validity and Reliability of a Novel GFR Marker

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Further study details as provided by Tufts Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Accuracy and precision of the different markers for measuring GFR [ Time Frame: End points are not applicable. It's a cross-sectional design study ]

Biospecimen Description:
Blood and urine will be retained for future testing

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: September 2011
Primary Completion Date: September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
With and without Chronic Kidney Disease
A cohort of 10 patients subjects with and without kidney disease exhibiting a broad range of age and kidney function
Drug: Inulin

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Subjects with CKD and without CKD will be recruited to participate in the study. Subjects with CKD will be recruited primarily from the Kidney and Blood Pressure Center. Subjects without CKD will be recruited from advertisements as well as the volunteer database at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HRNCA), which is located next to Tufts Medical Center.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female.
  • Older than 18 years of age.
  • With and without known CKD - for the purpose of this study, CKD will be defined on the basis by prior diagnosis of CKD, urologic or kidney disease, known abnormal urinalysis, or history of having seen a nephrologist.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently undergoing or having received peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis treatment within the past three months. Subjects with an eGFR < 30 mL/min/1.73 m2 will not receive Magnevist during the study visit.
  • Active pulmonary edema.
  • Class III or IV congestive heart failure.
  • History of urinary retention or current urinary incontinence.
  • Inability to cease taking medications that affect creatinine levels (e.g., bactrim, cimetidine) for one week prior to the study visit.
  • Inability to maintain a stable regimen of anti-inflammatory agents and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors for one week prior to study visit
  • Current treatment with amiodarone or metformin.
  • Acute exacerbation of asthma or chronic obstructive lung disease in the past three months requiring hospitalization or oral steroid therapy.
  • Inadequate venous access.
  • End stage conditions such as cirrhosis.
  • Active treatment for cancer.
  • Progressive neurological diseases.
  • Severe gastric immotility.
  • Recent radiation exposure to γ-emitting isotope other than technetium
  • Known allergy to any of the GFR markers, iodine, or shellfish. Subjects who are not sure if they have an iodine allergy because they have not eaten shellfish or have never received contrast dye will be excluded from participation.
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis.
  • Hypocomplementemic vasculitis.
  • Multinodal goiter.
  • Graves' disease.
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis.
  • Cognitive or physical impairments that will prevent a subject from providing informed consent.
  • History of mastectomy.
  • Hemoglobin levels below 10 g/dL.
  • Women who are either pregnant or who intend to become pregnant during the period of time in which the study visits will occur.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00938561

Sponsors and Collaborators
Tufts Medical Center
Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Lesley A Stevens, MD, MS Tufts Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Tufts Medical Center Identifier: NCT00938561     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB # 8608
Study First Received: July 8, 2009
Last Updated: July 12, 2016

Keywords provided by Tufts Medical Center:
Chronic Kidney Disease
Glomerular Filtration Rate
Kidney function

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Diseases
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Urologic Diseases
Renal Insufficiency processed this record on August 22, 2017