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Acetyl-L-Carnitine Reduces Depression and Improves Quality of Life in Patients With Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01223729
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 19, 2010
Last Update Posted : October 19, 2010
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
University of Catania

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE October 18, 2010
First Posted Date  ICMJE October 19, 2010
Last Update Posted Date October 19, 2010
Study Start Date  ICMJE April 2002
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Change History No Changes Posted
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
 
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Acetyl-L-Carnitine Reduces Depression and Improves Quality of Life in Patients With Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy
Official Title  ICMJE Acetyl-L-Carnitine Reduces Depression and Improves Quality of Life in Patients With Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy
Brief Summary Minimal hepatic encephalopathy represents a common complication present in well-compensated cirrhotic patients that impairs patients daily functioning and health-related quality of life. Acetyl-L-carnitine has been shown to be useful in improving blood ammonia and cognitive functions in cirrhotic patients with minimal hepatic encephalopathy. This study evaluated the effects of acetyl-L-carnitine treatment on health related quality of life and on depression in patients with minimal hepatic encephalopathy.
Detailed Description Not Provided
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Not Applicable
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy
Intervention  ICMJE
  • Drug: Acetyl-L-Carnitine
    2 g acetyl-L carnitine twice a day
  • Other: placebo
    placebo twice per day
Study Arms  ICMJE
  • Experimental: Acetyl-L-Carnitine
    Intervention: Drug: Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Placebo Comparator: placebo
    Intervention: Other: placebo
Publications * Malaguarnera M, Gargante MP, Cristaldi E, Vacante M, Risino C, Cammalleri L, Pennisi G, Rampello L. Acetyl-L-carnitine treatment in minimal hepatic encephalopathy. Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Nov;53(11):3018-25. doi: 10.1007/s10620-008-0238-6. Epub 2008 Mar 21.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: October¬†18,¬†2010)
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Original Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Study Completion Date  ICMJE November 2005
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients diagnosed as having cirrhosis at the outpatient Internal Medicine of the Department of Senescence of Cannizzaro Hospital (Catania) were candidates for enrolment. The diagnosis of cirrhosis was based on clinical, biochemical and ultrasonographic or liver histological data.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exclusion criteria were overt hepatic encephalopathy or a history of overt HE; history of recent alcohol intake; infection; recent antibiotic use or gastrointestinal bleeding; history of recent use of drugs affecting psychometric performances like benzodiazepines, antiepileptics or psychotropic drugs; a history of shunt surgery or transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt for portal hypertension; electrolyte imbalance; renal impairment; hepatocellular carcinoma; severe medical problems such as congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease or neurological or psychiatric disorder that could influence quality of life measurement; inability to perform neuropsycological tests.
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 34 Years to 67 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE Not Provided
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE Italy
Removed Location Countries  
 
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT01223729
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE 8-12-00 A
Has Data Monitoring Committee Yes
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Current Responsible Party Mariano Malaguarnera, University of Catania
Original Responsible Party Same as current
Current Study Sponsor  ICMJE University of Catania
Original Study Sponsor  ICMJE Same as current
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE Not Provided
PRS Account University of Catania
Verification Date December 2000

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