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N-Acetylcysteine in Severe Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis

2014-08-27 03:19:55 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Acute alcoholic hepatitis (AAH) is the most severe form of alcoholic liver disease (ALD) and is associated with a high risk of dying in the short term. Corticosteroids are generally recommended in patients with severe AAH, but its use is still controverted and contraindicated in case of active infection or gastrointestinal bleeding. Therefore, alternative therapeutic options are needed.Ethanol consumption results in the depletion of endogenous antioxidant capabilities and patients with ALD have evidence of antioxidant deficiencies.Due to its effects on glutathion stores restoration and as such the limitation of the oxidative stress and its good tolerance and safety profile, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an attractive agent for the treatment of AAH.In this context, we hypothesized that NAC might be beneficial in severe AAH.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Alcoholic Hepatitis

Intervention

N-Acetylcysteine, placebo

Location

Erasme University Hospital
Brussels
Belgium
1070

Status

Completed

Source

Erasme University Hospital

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:19:55-0400

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