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The development of anemia in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now taken as a predictor of increased morbidity and mortality. Preliminary data from patients investigated in our department indicate a negative correlation between anemia severity and 6-minute walking distance. Our working hypothesis is that hemoglobin level correction by erythropoietin therapy will improve the effort capacity of patients with COPD and anemia. Our objective is to conduct a pilot study of the efficacy of darbepoetin alfa.
The study will include about 15 patients with COPD recruited at three pulmonology centers based on two selection criteria: COPD stage II or III or IV according to GOLD criteria and hemoglobin level less than 12 g/dL. Effort capacity will be evaluated chiefly by performing a 6-minute walking test and by measuring VO2 at maximum exertion on a bicycle ergometer with increasing loads. Darbepoetin alfa will be given for 2 months. If the hemoglobin increase is less than 1 g/dL after 1 month, the dosage will be increased by 25%.
Effort parameters will be measured at baseline and after 1 and 2 months of treatment. Among secondary objectives, we will evaluate functional ergospirometric parameters and laboratory tests for inflammation. Total study duration will not exceed 18 months.
Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
CHU Henri Mondor
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:19:31-0400
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