Randomized Controlled Trial of Tenofovir in Patients of Reactivation of Hepatitis B Presenting as Acute on Chronic Liver Failure

2014-08-27 03:15:41 | BioPortfolio


Background: Reactivation of hepatitis B is a well-characterized syndrome marked by the abrupt reappearance or rise of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA in the serum of a patient with previously inactive or resolved HBV infection. Reactivation can be spontaneous, but is most commonly triggered by cancer chemotherapy, immune suppression, or alteration in immune function. Spontaneous acute exacerbation of chronic hepatitis B infection is seen with a cumulative probability of 15±37% after 4 years of follow-up.2 Significant number of patients of spontaneous acute exacerbation of chronic hepatitis B may present with very high ALT levels, jaundice and liver failure.3 This condition should be defined as acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) according to a recent Asia-Pacific consensus recommendation.

The short term prognosis of patients of spontaneous acute exacerbation of chronic hepatitis B leading to ACLF like presentation is extremely poor, with a mortality of 30-70% in different series.8,9,10 Liver transplantation has been the only definitive therapy available to salvage this group of patients. However ,this is not readily available and affordable. Another therapeutic option is antiviral therapy but has limited data. The efficacy of lamivudine was evaluated and compared by historical control but was not found to be beneficial.8,9,10 However ,a study from Taiwan showed a survival benefit in a subgroup of patients who were on lamivudine and had baseline bilirubin below 342 mmol/L (20 mg/dL).11 Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) is a potent, rapidly acting, oral acyclic nucleotide analogue, reverse transcriptase inhibitor that has been shown to be highly effective in suppressing hepatitis B virus replication.12 Tenofovir has also shown excellent activity against HBV in both LAM- naïve and LAM-resistant patients.13,14. Its efficacy has not been evaluated in patients of reactivation of hepatitis B who present as ACLF Hypothesis: The investigators hypothesis that Tenofovir reduces the morbidity and mortality in patients with Spontaneous reactivation of hepatitis B by reducing HBV DNA.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Acute on Chronic Liver Failure


Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF)


Department of Gastroenterology, GB Pant Hospital,
New Delhi




Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:15:41-0400

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