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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) consists of kidney damage, with a consequent progressive and irreversible loss of kidney function. In the early stages of the disease, there is already a reduction in circulating levels of α-klotho protein, which is related to worsening renal function. Therapeutic strategies that increase serum α-klotho levels can be of great value in the treatment of CKD. Electrical stimulation contributes to the reduction of reactive oxygen species, DNA damage and improves the efficiency rate of dialysis, suggesting a systemic effect in patients with end-stage CKD. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of bioelectric stimulation on renal function and physical capacity in patients with CKD. For this, patients will be randomized into bioelectric stimulation or a control group. Bioelectric stimulation will be performed three times a week for eight weeks. The control group will only be evaluated and re-evaluated. The following pre-and post-intervention assessments will be performed: analysis of the plasma content of α-Klotho and soluble creatinine to assess renal function, six-minute walk test to assess functional capacity; dosage of interleukins and tumor necrosis factor to analyze the inflammatory profile; sit and stand test with 10 repetitions and load cell dynamometry to assess lower limb muscle strength and application of the EuroQoL-5D questionnaire for quality of life. Biochemical analyzes for renal function and inflammatory profile will also be performed after four weeks of follow-up.


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NCT number NCT05124756
Study type Interventional
Source Federal University of Health Science of Porto Alegre
Contact Rodrigo DM Plentz, PhD
Phone +55 51 3303-8700
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 25, 2021
Completion date October 25, 2022

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