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Can Remote Ischaemic Preconditioning Reduce Contrast Induced Nephropathy in Patients Receiving Contrast for Computed Tomography? (CT RIPC CIN)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Professor Stewart Walsh, Mid Western Regional Hospital, Ireland Identifier:
First received: December 4, 2012
Last updated: September 12, 2013
Last verified: September 2013

Computated tomography (CT) is an invaluable medical resource for both physicians and surgeons. Contrast media are an aid to improve the diagnostic yield of CT. While an incredibly powerful means of imaging the human body, there are possible complications to the use of contrast including a hypersensitive response and contract induced nephropathy (CIN). The latter will typically occur 48-72 hours after administration.

One recent meta - analysis of serum creatinine levels following contrast enhanced CT found 6.4% of those undergoing this investigation developed CIN. Although typically transient, 1 % had a persisting reduced renal function, with a small minority needing renal replacement therapy (RRT). The development of CIN was influenced by co morbidities and by the amount of contrast given.

The mechanism of injury to the kidney is not definitively established, but is thought most likely due to hypoxia resulting from reduced blood flow, thereby giving rise to oxygen free radicals causing direct damage to the kidney and also direct tubular damage.

Remote conditioning ischaemia has been hypothesized to be nephroprotective, whereby induced transient ischaemia at another site could buffer the impact of the contrast medium's effects. This was first demonstrated during cardiac angiograms, with those patients whom received multiple balloon inflations in the coronary arteries were found to have a lower incidence of CIN than those with fewer balloon inflations. Thus it could be hypothesised that any ischaemia temporarily induced could be nephroprotective. This can be at a point of extremity, rather than involving central organs, such as the arm, with ischaemia induced by the use of a blood pressure cuff, inflated to above systolic blood pressure levels.

No studies have been found in the literature attempting to demonstrate this effect in relation to contrast CT studies. Consequently, a randomised control clinical trial of patients to assess the effectiveness of remote ischaemic preconditioning is proposed.

Study Hypothesis: That performing remote ischaemic preconditioning on those undergoing CTs involving IV contrast is nephroprotective.

Condition Intervention
Contrast Induced Nephropathy Remote Ischaemic Preconditioning Procedure: Remote ischaemic preconditioning

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Can Remote Ischaemic Preconditioning Reduce Contrast Induced Nephropathy in Patients Receiving Contrast for Computed Tomography?

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Further study details as provided by Professor Stewart Walsh, Mid Western Regional Hospital, Ireland:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in eGFR in those undergoing CT with IV contrast [ Time Frame: 48 hours ]
    The study aims to define the effectiveness in the nephroprotective properties of remote ischaemic preconditioning. The outcome measures are the eGFR at 24 and 48 hours post infusion of IV contrast compared to preinfusion levels, in groups randomised into either undergoing RIPC or a control group.

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: November 2012
Study Completion Date: March 2013
Primary Completion Date: March 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: RIPC
Patients in the RIPC arm will undergo a period of upper limb ischaemic preconditioning before their contrast enhanced CT scan. The RIPC stimulus involves four cycles of ischaemia/reperfusion (5 minutes of blood pressure cuff induced upper limb ischaemia with 3 minutes reperfusion). This will start at a time of 30 - 40 minutes before the administration of contrast. The cuff is inflated to 15mmHg above systolic pressure at each inflation.
Procedure: Remote ischaemic preconditioning
The intervention is 4 cycles of upper limb ischaemic preconditioning. Each cycle consists of 5 minutes of blood pressure cuff induced ischaemia with 3 minutes of reperfusion. The ischaemic stimulus is induced by inflation of the cuff to 15mmHg above systolic pressure. The reperfusion stimulus is induced by cuff deflation. The RIPC stimulus is commenced at between 30-40 minutes prior to the administration of the IV contrast.
No Intervention: Control arm
Patients in the control arm will undergo no extra intervention.


Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Hospital inpatients undergoing contrast enhanced abdomino-pelvic CT scanning.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Those with an allergy/hypersensitivity to the contrast solution
  • Those with a Cr of above 150μmol/dL on admission, as is a contraindication to IV contrast.
  • Patients who are not getting IV contrast
  • Any patients with a history of renal transplantation
  • Any patients with a history of previous acute kidney injury necessitating management by a nephrologist
  • Patients taking either a sulphonlurea or nicorandil.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01741896

Mid Western Regional Hospital
Limerick, Ireland, Limerick
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mid Western Regional Hospital, Ireland
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Responsible Party: Professor Stewart Walsh, Mid Western Regional Hospital, Ireland Identifier: NCT01741896     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Feeley01
Study First Received: December 4, 2012
Last Updated: September 12, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Urologic Diseases processed this record on June 23, 2017