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Prediction of Mortality in Patients Waiting for Liver Transplantation Through Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2011 by Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ellison Fernando Cardoso, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2011
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2011
History: No changes posted
The purpose of this study is to determine whether hepatic encephalopathy, measured through magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalogram and neuropsychological evaluation adds prognostic information to patients who are waiting for liver transplantation. If this model improves mortality prediction this might be used in the future for organ allocation.

End Stage Liver Disease
Hepatic Encephalopathy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Prediction of Mortality in Patients Waiting for Liver Transplantation Through Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Further study details as provided by Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Mortality [ Time Frame: Three months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: November 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Liver transplantation waiting list
Patients waiting for liver transplantation with chronic end staged liver disease

Detailed Description:

The only current definitive treatment for end-stage liver disease is transplantation. Due to the scarcity of organs available, the correct prioritization of patients for liver transplantation has a crucial importance. Nowadays, patients are ranked according to severity of liver disease, measured by the MELD score. This index is only derived from objective measures (serum concentration of bilirubin, creatinine and INR). Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a serious and progressive disorder in patients with end-stage liver disease. The severity of HE has prognostic implications in those waiting for liver transplantation. However, the prognosis of HE is independent and not correlated to the MELD score. Hepatic encephalopathy triggers multiple changes in brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) providing an objective way to evaluate it. Also electroencephalogram and neuropsychological evaluation might increase mortality prediction.

Adding the information provided by MRI, electroencephalogram and neuropsychological evaluation to the MELD score model might increase the prediction of mortality. Increase mortality's prediction has a fundamental importance because in organ allocation.

We will evaluate the predictive value of these variables in predicting mortality of those patients waiting for liver transplantation.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients waiting for liver transplantation with chronic end stage liver disease.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Man or woman over 18 years old
  • Listed in liver transplantation waiting line
  • Patient able and willing to participate in the evaluations of this study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acute liver failure
  • Serious structural brain anomalies
  • Condition or situation in which, in the opinion of the investigator, put the patient at significant risk
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01434056

Contact: Ellison F Cardoso, MD, PhD 551121512487

Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein Not yet recruiting
São Paulo, Brazil, 05652901
Contact: Ellison F Cardoso, MD, PhD    551121512487   
Principal Investigator: Ellison F Cardoso, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
Study Chair: Edson Amaro Junior, MD,PhD Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ellison Fernando Cardoso, MD, PhD, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein Identifier: NCT01434056     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1341-11
CEP1572 ( Other Identifier: Ethical Committee Research )
Study First Received: September 13, 2011
Last Updated: September 13, 2011

Keywords provided by Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein:
Liver disease
Hepatic encephalopathy
Liver transplantation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Liver Diseases
Brain Diseases
End Stage Liver Disease
Hepatic Encephalopathy
Digestive System Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Liver Failure
Hepatic Insufficiency
Brain Diseases, Metabolic
Metabolic Diseases
Liver Extracts
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