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Revatio Portal-Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Trial (RePo1)

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Health Network, Toronto Identifier:
First received: December 14, 2011
Last updated: October 27, 2016
Last verified: October 2016
The investigators propose the first prospective, double blind, randomized controlled trial of treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) related to underlying portal hypertension. Specifically the investigators will evaluate the potential efficacy and safety of sildenafil (Revatio) in a 16 week blinded, multicentre study.

Condition Intervention Phase
Portopulmonary Hypertension
Drug: Sildenafil
Drug: Placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Revatio Portal-Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Trial (RePo1 Trial): A Randomized, Double-blinded, Placebo-controlled, Multi-center Study to Evaluate the Effects of Sildenafil Citrate (Revatio) 20 mg TID on Patients With Portal Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PPAH)

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Further study details as provided by University Health Network, Toronto:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline in PVR after 16 weeks of treatment [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • For patients with a PVR>450 dynes/sec/cm5 at baseline, number of patients who have PVR below 350 dynes/sec/cm5 after 16 weeks of study drug will be determined [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Hospitalizations [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Death [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Complications of liver disease [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • MELD score [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Renal dysfunction [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Desaturation [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Change in 6MWD from baseline [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Change in baseline WHO functional class [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Change in Brain Natruretic Peptide (BNP) from baseline [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  • Change from baseline in CAMPHOR and SF-36 measures of quality of life [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 44
Study Start Date: October 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Revatio Drug: Sildenafil
20 mg Revatio (sildenafil citrate) three times a day
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo
Placebo identical to Revatio (sildenafil citrate) three times a day

Detailed Description:
PAH is a recognized complication of portal hypertension - termed portal-pulmonary hypertension (PPHTN). In the World Health Organization (WHO) classification PPHTN is categorized as a WHO group 1 condition. This categorization is appropriate as PPHTN shares similar pathological features and clinical presentation and as idiopathic (primary) pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Advances in oral therapies in PAH (idiopathic, connective tissue disease, congenital heart disease) has deferred the need for parenteral therapies, lung transplantation and led to improvements in functional capacity, quality of life and survival. However unlike other forms of PAH, treatment options have not been formally evaluated for PPHTN and there are no approved medical therapies. Patients are unable to pay for medications. Consequently patients continue to endure the natural progression of PAH - a state characterized by progressive right heart failure, disability and death. Furthermore the unacceptable mortality associated with liver transplantation in the presence of hemodynamically significant PAH, leaves them with no therapeutic options. Therefore, new treatment options need to be systematically evaluated.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female patients with PPHTN.
  • A 6MWD test between 150 m and 450 m.
  • A pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) >250 dyn*sec*cm-5, a mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAPmean) ≥25 mmHg due to portal hypertension, and PCWP ≤ 15 mmHg. Right-heart catheterization results for the definite diagnosis of PH must follow the 2 - 6 week pre-treatment phase and not be older than 6 weeks at study start (will be considered as baseline values).
  • Portal hypertension defined either clinically or hemodynamically by the presence of cirrhosis (by ultrasound or biopsy) or portal vein thrombosis / obstruction (proven by portal vein Doppler) and any one of the following within one year of entry into the study: 1) Ascites (on ultrasound of the abdomen); 2) Splenomegaly (on ultrasound of the abdomen); 3) Esophageal or Gastric Varices (proven endoscopically); 4) Hepatic-venous pressure gradient (HVPG) > 12 mmHg.
  • Treatment naive patients (with respect to PAH specific medication) and patients. Prior use of sildenafil for erectile dysfunction will be permitted.
  • 18 to 75 years of age at Visit 1.
  • Patients who are able to understand and follow instructions and who are able to participate in the study for the entire period.
  • Patients must have given their written informed consent to participate in the study after having received adequate previous information and prior to any study-specific procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participation in another clinical trial during the preceding 3 months.
  • Pregnant women or breast feeding women.
  • Patients with a medical disorder, condition, or history of such that would impair the patient's ability to participate or complete this study in the opinion of the investigator or the sponsor.
  • Patients with a history of severe allergies or multiple drug allergies.
  • Patients with hypersensitivity to the investigational drug or inactive constituents.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01517854

Canada, Ontario
Lawson Health Research Institute (London Health Sciences Centre Research Inc.)
London, Ontario, Canada, N6C 2R5
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2N2
Canada, Quebec
Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec
Québec, Quebec, Canada, G1V 4G5
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Health Network, Toronto
Study Chair: John T Granton University Health Network, Toronto
  More Information

Responsible Party: University Health Network, Toronto Identifier: NCT01517854     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RePo1
Study First Received: December 14, 2011
Last Updated: October 27, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Familial Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Hypertension, Pulmonary
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Sildenafil Citrate
Citric Acid
Vasodilator Agents
Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Urological Agents
Calcium Chelating Agents
Chelating Agents
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