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Clinical Trial on the Effects of Long Term Administration of 20% Albumin in the Cardiovascular and Renal Function, And Hepatic Hemodynamics in Advanced Patients With Cirrhosis and Ascites.

This study has been completed.
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Joan Albert Arnaiz, Instituto Grifols, S.A. Identifier:
First received: August 28, 2009
Last updated: April 14, 2015
Last verified: April 2015
Pharmacodynamic study of pathophysiological nature to assess the effects of prolonged administration of human albumin in the cardiocirculatory and renal function and hepatic hemodynamics in patients with advanced cirrhosis and ascites.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Albumin
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Clinical Trial on the Effects of Long Term Administration of 20% Albumin in the Cardiovascular and Renal Function, And Hepatic Hemodynamics in Advanced Patients With Cirrhosis and Ascites.

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Further study details as provided by Instituto Grifols, S.A.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To asses plasma renin activity and plasma concentration of noradrenaline [ Time Frame: 20 weeks ]
  • Glomerular filtration [ Time Frame: 20 weeks ]
  • Portal hypertension [ Time Frame: 14 weeks ]
  • Cardiac Function [ Time Frame: 20 weeks ]

Enrollment: 33
Study Start Date: July 2009
Study Completion Date: April 2014
Primary Completion Date: April 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Albumin Drug: Albumin
The pattern of administration of 20% human albumin is 1'5g/kg every week to infuse in 6 hours with a minimum of 90 g up to 150 g in patients weighing less than 60 kg and more than 100 kg, respectively. Treatment duration is 12 weeks, which are 13 administrations of albumin.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age above 18 years and less than 80 years.
  • Diagnosis of liver cirrhosis by biopsy or by clinical, laboratory, or ultrasound.
  • Daily requirement of diuretics at least 200mg of spironolactone or 100mg of spironolactone and 40 mg of furosemide
  • Renal dysfunction defined by a plasma concentration of serum creatinine ≥ 1.2 mg / dl, BUN ≥ 25 mg / dl or a serum sodium concentration ≤ 130 mEq / L.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Refractory Ascites (paracentesis requirements over 1 month.
  • Neoplastic disease including liver cancer if it exceeds the Milan criteria (one nodule> 5 cm or three nodules> 3 cm).
  • History of transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) or surgical shunt
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding or bacterial infection documented in the past 15 days.
  • Heart failure or structural heart disease.
  • Organic renal insufficiency(proteinuria, hematuria and / or ultrasound data nephropathy).
  • Moderate or severe lung chronic disease.
  • Transplant.
  • Infection with human immunodeficiency virus.
  • Active addiction to drugs.
  • Mental state that prevents the patient understand the nature, extent and consequences of the study, except for hepatic encephalopathy.
  • Pregnancy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00968695

Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol
Badalona, Barcelona, Spain, 08916
Hospital del Mar
Barcelona, Spain, 08003
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Barcelona, Spain, 08025
Hospital Clínic of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain, 08036
Hospital Universitario Gregorio Marañón
Madrid, Spain, 28007
Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal
Madrid, Spain, 28034
Sponsors and Collaborators
Joan Albert Arnaiz
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
Principal Investigator: Vicente Arroyo, MD Hospital Clínic of Barcelona
  More Information

Responsible Party: Joan Albert Arnaiz, Project manager, Instituto Grifols, S.A. Identifier: NCT00968695     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IG0802
Study First Received: August 28, 2009
Last Updated: April 14, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Liver Cirrhosis
Pathologic Processes
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases processed this record on April 27, 2017