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Portal hypertension (PHT) and its sequelae are the most clinically important manifestation in cystic fibrosis related liver disease (CFLD), with end-stage liver failure as a late and rare manifestation. The aim is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a pre-emptive Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) for the prophylaxis of variceal bleeding in pediatric CFLD patients with subclinical non-cirrhotic portal hypertension (NCPH)

Clinical Trial Description

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most frequent autosomal recessive disorder in Caucasians caused by a mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene. Cystic Fibrosis associated Liver Disease (CFLD) is a well-known complication and includes a wide range of hepatobiliary diseases. The clinical outcome in CFLD is largely determined by PHT and its sequelae. Variceal bleeding is the most feared complication. Currently, there is no medical therapy to delay or reverse clinically established CFLD.Treatment focuses on screening for and managing the complications of portal hypertension and optimizing nutritional status. Eventually, liver transplantation (LT) is an effective therapeutic option for CF patients with end-stage liver failure, treatment resistant, and complicated portal hypertension. TIPS placement is a well-established procedure for portal vein decompression in adults. In retrospective case studies of severe CFLD cirrhosis in pediatric populations, TIPS has been proven a feasible option in acute or refractory variceal bleeding and as a bridge to LT. In CFLD patients, little data are available on the long-term outcome of treatments to mitigate PHT. In this trial, the primary aim was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a pre-emptive TIPS for the prophylaxis of variceal bleeding in non-cirrhotic CFLD with early PHT. The secondary aim was to investigate the long-term clinical outcome of a pre-emptive TIPS and in more particular, whether TIPS might effectively postpone LT. ;

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NCT number NCT05037643
Study type Interventional
Source University Hospital, Ghent
Status Completed
Phase N/A
Start date June 2007
Completion date December 2020

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