Liver Transplantation: Skeletal Effects

2018-01-23 12:11:08 | BioPortfolio


Fifty patients awaiting liver transplantation and 50 age and gender matched control subjects with normal liver function will be included in the study. The aim of this project is to compare liver transplantation recipients'bone microarchitecture with healthy controls and to evaluate patients' changes within one year after transplantation


Background: Solid organ transplantation recipients have a high prevalence of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. Deteriorated bone architecture has been shown by high resolution computed tomography (HR-pQCT) in kidney and lung transplantation recipients. In liver transplantation (LeTx) recipients, bone microarchitecture has only been evaluated using the trabecular bone score in a retrospective cohort study; a degraded or partially degraded microarchitecture was detected in most of the patients.

Aim: The aim of this project is to compare LeTx recipients' bone microarchitecture with healthy controls and to evaluate patients' changes within one year after transplantation.

Methods: HR-pQCT scans of the distal radius and tibia as well as areal bone mineral density measurement of the lumbar spine and hip region will be performed before Tx, 1 and 12 months after Tx in 50 patients. Anabolic and catabolic markers of bone turnover (sclerostin, dickkopf 1, periostin) and traditional bone turnover markers will be evaluated preoperatively, on the day of surgery, and 4 times within the first year after LeTx. In healthy age- and sex-matched controls HR-pQCT, bone mineral density and laboratory parameters will be assessed once.

Hypotheses: Based on the HR-pQCT data of kidney and lung transplantation recipients and the trabecular bone score of LeTx recipients, the investigators hypothesize that LeTX recipients have deteriorated bone microarchitecture.

Expected outcome: Since bone fragility is not only determined by BMD but bone architecture as well, HR-pQCT data give important information on the patients' bone fragility. The knowledge of the course of bone microarchitecture after liver transplantation may help to develop strategies preventing fragility fractures in LeTx recipients.

Study Design


Liver Diseases


Not yet recruiting


Medical University of Vienna

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2018-01-23T12:11:08-0500

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