Investigational Microbiota Restoration Therapeutic for Hepatic Encephalopathy

2019-11-12 18:25:33 | BioPortfolio


Individuals with cirrhosis are likely to develop overt hepatic encephalopathy for which diagnostic modalities and treatment options are limited. The purpose of this study is to determine if individuals with cirrhosis who experience hepatic encephalopathy would benefit from investigational microbiota restoration therapy due to their inherent cognitive alterations. Analysis for a correlation between changes in microbiome composition and specific blood biomarkers could allow for earlier diagnosis of HE which could then be treated earlier and with novel treatments.


The investigators hypothesize that changes in an individual's cognition due to HE-related liver cirrhosis can be stabilized and/or improved through investigational microbiota restoration therapeutic treatment. The main objective of this study is to determine if investigational microbiota restoration therapeutic treatment alters the cognitive function in individuals with cirrhosis who have been previously diagnosed with overt hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Once individuals have one HE episode, they are more likely to experience additional episodes, even after complying with standard of care. The number of HE episodes each study group experiences during the post-treatment follow-up will be compared among treatment groups. It is also anticipated that cognitive improvement will correlate with specific changes in the intestinal microbiota composition of these individuals likely shifting their microbiome away from baseline samples and becoming more like donor samples. Novel blood biomarkers potentially related to episodes of HE will be assessed in individuals before and after treatment.

Study Design


Hepatic Encephalopathy


RBX7544, Placebo


Not yet recruiting


Ochsner Health System

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-11-12T18:25:33-0500

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