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Influence of Antiviral Therapy on Bone Mineral Density and Metabolism in Patients With Chronic Hepatitis C

This study has been completed.
Hoffmann-La Roche
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University of Ulm Identifier:
First received: July 24, 2009
Last updated: June 6, 2011
Last verified: May 2011
One single study has suggested that bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced in patients with non-cirrhotic chronic viral hepatitis C. Antiviral combination therapy with standard interferon and ribavirin may further decrease BMD. The aim of this study is to systematically investigate the effect of chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 infection alone and current standard therapy with peginterferon alfa-2a/ribavirin on BMD and bone metabolism.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hepatitis C, Chronic Liver Diseases Virus Diseases Drug: peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Non-randomized Prospective Study on the Effect of Antiviral Therapy With Peginterferon Alfa-2a and Ribavirin on Bone Mineral Density and Metabolism in Patients With Chronic Viral Hepatitis C Genotype 1

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Further study details as provided by University of Ulm:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change of the bone mineral density of the lumbar spine and right hip measured by DEXA in patients with chronic hepatitis C with or without antiviral combination treatment with peginterferon and ribavirin [ Time Frame: 96 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in markers of bone formation and resorption over time during antiviral therapy and after cessation of therapy. [ Time Frame: 96 weeks ]

Enrollment: 26
Study Start Date: July 2003
Study Completion Date: March 2008
Primary Completion Date: January 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment
Chronic hepatitis C patients on standard antiviral therapy with peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin
Drug: peginterferon alfa-2a and ribavirin
standard antiviral therapy with peginterferon alfa-2a 180 µg/week and ribavirin 1000-1200 mg/d
Other Names:
  • Pegasys
  • Copegus
No Intervention: Control
Chronic hepatitis C patients without standard antiviral therapy


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • proven chronic hepatitis C
  • aged between 18 and 65
  • male patients

Exclusion Criteria:

  • high grade liver fibrosis (Grade 3 - 4)
  • renal disease
  • hyperparathyroidism
  • hypogonadism
  • malignant disease
  • use of any other drug known to effect bone mineral metabolism
  • use of alcohol
  • organ transplant
  • any form of thyroid disease
  • any medical condition known to be associated with bone loss
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00948220

University Hospital Ulm
Ulm, Germany, 89081
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Ulm
Hoffmann-La Roche
Principal Investigator: Michael Fuchs, MD University of Ulm
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. med. D. Klass, Universitätsklinikum Ulm Identifier: NCT00948220     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OSTEO
Study First Received: July 24, 2009
Last Updated: June 6, 2011

Keywords provided by University of Ulm:
chronic hepatitis c
hepatitis C virus
bone mineral density
Bone Density
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Anti-Infective Agents
peginterferon alfa-2a

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis C, Chronic
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis C
Liver Diseases
Virus Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Flaviviridae Infections
Hepatitis, Chronic
Antiviral Agents
Peginterferon alfa-2a
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
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