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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
Cirrhosis of Liver or Hepatic Encephalopathy
and you are
between 18 and 70
years old
The primary goal of this phase is to monitor the long-term effects.
The treatment is already on the market.
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The purpose

Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a potentially reversible functional disorder of the brain with neurological and psychiatric symptoms. HE occurs in up to 70% of patients with cirrhosis at some time during the course of disease. The chief neurotoxin implicated in the development of HE is ammonia. An important aim of treatment of HE is the reduction of the ammonia in the body by lowering the amount of ammonia produced and increasing its detoxification. Enteric production of ammonia can be decreased by non-absorbable disaccharides such as lactulose and antibiotics such as rifaximin. L-ornithine- L-aspartate (LOLA), the salt of the natural amino acids ornithine and aspartate acts through the mechanism of substrate activation to detoxify ammonia. In clinical trials, LOLA has shown a statistically significant effect with respect to reduction in HE grade, reduction of blood ammonia concentration and positive effects on psychomotor function in patients of cirrhosis with minimal HE and overt chronic Grade I HE, as compared to placebo. However, there is lack of data on the efficacy of LOLA in patients with overt acute hepatic encephalopathy which is one of the major causes of hospital admissions and resource utilization in decompensated cirrhotics. Each admission for HE causes a major financial loss to the family and financial burden on the society. Any drug which decreases the hospital stay by rapidly improving HE, will clearly lead to decreased hospital costs to the individual and the society as a whole. Hence, such a trial is a national priority. The investigators hypothesize that LOLA, if added to the standard treatment of overt acute HE (i.e lactulose), may lead to a faster recovery and decrease in hospital stay of these patients. In this prospective, randomized, placebo controlled trial, the investigators aim to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous L-ornithine, L-aspartate in reversal of overt acute hepatic encephalopathy in patients with liver cirrhosis.

Provided treatments

  • Drug: L-ornithine L-aspartate
  • Drug: Placebo

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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT01722578. The sponsor of the trial is Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and it is looking for 200 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
Efficacy of Intravenous 'L-ornithine L-aspartate' in Reversal of Overt Acute Hepatic Encephalopathy in Patients With Liver Cirrhosis: a Prospective, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo Controlled Trial