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Effect of Furosemide on Obesity-induced Glomerular Hyperfiltration

This study has been terminated.
(The blood pressure did not decrease following furosemide administration)
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Rabin Medical Center Identifier:
First received: August 18, 2009
Last updated: August 3, 2011
Last verified: August 2009

Background: Obesity is associated with a high prevalence of chronic kidney disease. The glomerular hyperfiltration associated with obesity may play a role in the pathogenesis of obesity associated chronic kidney disease. Attenuation of hyperfiltration by pharmacological means may slow down the development and progression of chronic renal failure. The investigators have previously shown that acetazolamide, a proximally acting diuretic that activates TGF by increasing solute delivery to the macula densa, abates glomerular hyperfiltration. The present study was designed to test the hypothesis that this decrease in hyperfiltration is specific to acetazolamide and not due to a non specific diuretic effect. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the effects of the administration of furosemide p.o. to subjects with severe obesity on glomerular hemodynamics.

Methods: Ten obese subjects will participate in the study. They will undergo measurement of glomerular filtration rate (inulin clearance) (GFR), renal plasma flow (RPF) (p-aminohippuric acid clearance), filtration fraction, fractional excretion of lithium (FE LI) and blood pressure, before and after administration of oral furosemide 20 to 40 mg bid for 3 days. The effects of furosemide on glomerular hemodynamics in obese subjects will be compared to the previously studied effects of acetazolamide.

Condition Intervention
Obesity-induced Hyperfiltration Drug: Furosemide

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • change in GFR [ Time Frame: 3 days ]

Enrollment: 3
Study Start Date: September 2009
Study Completion Date: July 2010
Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Furosemide, obesity, glomerular hyperfiltration Drug: Furosemide

Subjects will receive 300 mg of lithium carbonate at 22.00 the day before the renal function tests.Intravenous catheters will be placed in each upper limb for infusion of clearance markers and blood sampling.A priming dose of inulin (50 mg/kg) and p-aminohippuric acid (8 mg/kg) will be administered. Thereafter, inulin and p-aminohippuric acid will be infused continuously. A 200-300 ml water load will be given during the first 60-min prime.

Subjects will be started on furosemide p.o. 20 mg every 12 hours, starting on day 1 at 15.00 after the renal function studies. Nine doses will be taken, the last dose on day 4 at 7 am.

In case the blood pressure does not decrease following 20 mg bid furosemide administration, the study will be repeated after 4 weeks using a dose of 40 mg p.o. bid.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 10 obese men (BMI>30), aged 18 to 55, with glomerular hyperfiltration (creatinine clearance>130 ml/min) will be included in the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any of the following conditions:

    • Heart failure
    • Known allergy to furosemide, inulin or amino-hippurate
    • Pharmacologic treatment for hypertension, cardiac disease, diabetes mellitus
    • Treatment with corticosteroids or NSAID
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00962286

Rabin Medical Center
Petach Tikva, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rabin Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Boris Zingerman, MD Rabin Medical Center
  More Information

1. Chagnac A et al: Glomerular hemodynamics in severe obesity. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2000;278(5):F817-22. 2. Chagnac A et al: The effects of weight loss on renal function in patients with severe obesity. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2003 Jun;14(6):1480-6. 3. Navar LG: Renal autoregulation: perspectives from whole kidney and single nephron studies. Am J Physiol. 1978 May;234(5):F357-70. 4. Deng A etal: Hemodynamics of early tubuloglomerular feedback resetting during reduced proximal reabsorption. Kidney Int. 2002 Dec;62(6):2136-43. 5. Dupont AG et al: Renal pharmacodynamic effects of torasemide and furosemide in normal man.Drug Res. 38(1) 1a 1998 172-175.

Responsible Party: Boris Zingerman, MD, Rabin Medical Center Identifier: NCT00962286     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OBEFUR
Study First Received: August 18, 2009
Last Updated: August 3, 2011

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Natriuretic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sodium Potassium Chloride Symporter Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on June 23, 2017