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Plasma Determination of Glucagon-like Peptide 2 as a Predictor of Recovery in Adults With Acute Intestinal Failure

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St Mark's Hospital Foundation
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First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: February 19, 2016
Last verified: May 2008
The purpose of this study is to investigate the theory that the plasma level of Glucagon like peptide 2 (GLP-2) in patients with intestinal failure can predict their clinical recovery.

Short Bowel Syndrome

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Plasma Determination of Glucagon-like Peptide 2 as a Predictor of Recovery in Adults With Acute Intestinal Failure

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Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: February 2005
Study Completion Date: February 2008
Primary Completion Date: February 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

When major segments of small bowel have been removed surgically, or damaged by disease, the length of the residual bowel may be inadequate to maintain overall nutrition and the net result is described as "intestinal failure".

Without medical intervention, patients with intestinal failure become malnourished and dehydrated because their remaining intestine is unable to absorb enough water, vitamins and other nutrients from the ingested food. Intravenous feeding offers life saving treatment but causes complications like infections and liver problems. It also poses enormous strain on day to day life.

Glucagon like peptide 2 (GLP-2) is a naturally occurring hormone (or chemical messenger) that is able to increase the surface area of the intestinal lining (or mucosal mass) and the absorptive efficiency of the remaining intestine.

Intestinal failure patients in whom not only parts of the small bowel but also the large bowel have had to be surgically removed have been shown to have a markedly impaired rise in GLP-2 levels following meals, in contrast to patients with a preserved large bowel who have increased levels of GLP-2 and are known to have much better functional adaptation.

From this we hypothesise that the GLP-2 level is directly related to, and could predict, clinical recovery in intestinal failure as measured by Amount of parenteral nutrition required Length of hospital stay Mortality

We also aim to compare GLP-2 levels of patients with acute intestinal failure with that of patients with chronic intestinal failure as well as healthy controls


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Intestinal failure patients at St Mark's hospital

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Men and woman, aged 18 years of age or older at the time of signing the informed consent form.
  • Referral to or direct admission to St. Mark's Hospital.
  • Acute intestinal failure resulting in TPN dependency as a result of major intestinal resection performed during admission to St. Mark's or at the referring hospital.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to give consent or comply with the study.
  • Inability to take test meal (unable to be tested)
  • Severe renal impairment (interference with GLP-2 excretion)
  • Severe uncorrected anaemia (preventing additional blood-letting)
  • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (risk of hyperglycaemia)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00180648

Sponsors and Collaborators
Imperial College London
St Mark's Hospital Foundation
Principal Investigator: Alastair Forbes University College London Hospitals
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Imperial College London Identifier: NCT00180648     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 04/Q0405/83 
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: February 19, 2016
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Imperial College London:
Short Bowel Syndrome
Intestinal Failure
Glucagon Like Peptide 2
Parenteral Nutrition

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Short Bowel Syndrome
Malabsorption Syndromes
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
Glucagon-Like Peptide 1
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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