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Urological and Genital Diseases
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Background and study aims
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition where the kidneys do not work properly. In a healthy person, the kidneys are vital for filtering out the waste products and excess water in the blood, and converting them into urine. In patients suffering from CKD, the kidneys are unable to do this, and so the body is unable to get rid of the waste products building up in the blood. Hemodialysis is one of the most common treatments for CKD patients, and involves diverting the blood into an external machine so that it can be “cleaned”, before being returned to the body. It has been found that patients who are being treated with hemodialysis have higher levels of the hormone hepcidin-25 (Hep-25) in the blood than normal. This hormone is vital for regulating the amount of iron in the body, and high levels can lead to too not enough iron being absorbed by the intestines. It is thought that the high levels of Hep-25 are caused by the hemodialysis treatment itself, as it triggers inflammation. Hemodiafiltration reinfusion (HFR) is a type of dialysis which reduces inflammation. The aim of this study is to compare the amount of Hep-25 and other chemical markers of inflammation (inflammatory biomarkers) in hemodiafiltration reinfusion (HFR) and standard bicarbonate dialysis (usual practice).

Who can participate?
Adults who have been attending the unit for hemodialysis treatment for more than three months by the study start date.

What does the study involve?
All patients receive each of the treatments. The order that the treatments are received is decided using a coin toss. Before and after each treatment, the amount of Hep-25 and the inflammatory biomarkers in the blood are measured.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participants may benefit from being able to find a better hemodialysis technique to reduce their blood levels of hepcidin. There are no risks of participating, as both techniques are used in general practice.

Where is the study run from?
Nephrology and Dialysis Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona (Italy)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
June 2009 to October 2009

Who is funding the study?
Nephrology and Dialysis Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona (Italy)

Who is the main contact?
Dr Nicola Tessitore

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Dr Nicola Tessitore


Contact details

Servizio Emodialisi Borgo Roma - Piazzale LA Scuro 10
+39 045 8124652

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Study information

Scientific title

Effect on serum hepcidin-25 levels of a single hemodialysis session with hemodiafiltration with sorbent-regenerated endogenous ultrafiltrate reinfusion (HFR) by comparison with bicarbonate dialysis: A crossover study


Study hypothesis

The haemodialysis procedure itself can influence Hep-25 levels by removing hepcidin and/or stimulating its production due to a pro-inflammatory effect.

Ethics approval

Ethics Committee for Clinical Research of the provinces of Verona and Rovigo (Comitato Etico per la Sperimentazione Clinica delle provincie di Verona e Rovigo), 22/08/2007, ref: 1460

Study design

Single-centre randomized cross-over interventional trial.

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Secondary study design

Randomised cross over trial

Trial setting


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Patient information sheet


Chronic kidney disease


In all enrolled patients we tested the effect on serum hepcidin-25 and on serum levels of a panel of biomarkers of inflammation (TNF-alfa, IL-6, Pentraxin3 and C reactive protein) of single session of HFR and standard bicarbonate-dialysis using the same low-flux membrane used in the diffusive stage of HFR (to assess the relative contribution of the convective/adsorptive and the diffusive stages of the HFR technique). The order that patients received the treatments has been determined using a coin toss. In a subset of 18 patients we also evaluated the effect of a single session of bicarbonate-dialysis using a high-flux membrane.

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Primary outcome measures

Reduction Ratios (RR) of hepcidin and the inflammatory biomarkers (IL-6, TNF-a, Pentraxin 3 and C-reactive protein) are calculated using the formula RR = (Cpre - Cpost/Cpre) x 100 (where Cpre is the concentration just before dialysis and Cpost the concentration at the end of dialysis).

Secondary outcome measures

Blood-side clearance of hepcidin and the inflammatory biomarkers (IL-6, TNF-a, Pentraxin 3 and C-reactive protein) calculated 90 minutes after the dialysis starts. Blood samples for the assays were taken from the dialyzer inlet and outlet:. K was calculated by the formula K= Qb x (Cbi –Cbo / Cbi), where Qb is the blood flow rate, Cbi is the solute serum levels at the dialyzer inlet, and Cbo the solute serum levels at the dialyzer outlet.

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Reason abandoned


Participant inclusion criteria

1. Aged over 18 years.
2. Chronic hemodialysys patients on erytrhopoiesis-stimulating agents
3. Have been attending the unit for dialysis for more than 3 months by June 2009
4. Have participated in the previous study (protocol # 1460)

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Participant exclusion criteria

1. Liver cirrhosis
2. Neoplasia
3. Chronic Inflammatory disorder
4. Acute inflammatory disease
5. Solid organ transplantation
6. No informed consent to trial # 1460

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Recruitment end date



Countries of recruitment


Trial participating centre

Servizio Emodialisi Policlinico Borgo Roma
Piazzale LA Scuro 10

Sponsor information


UOC Nefrologia e Dialisi dU (Nephrology and Dialysis Unit)

Sponsor details

Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona
Piazzale Stefani 1

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Hospital/treatment centre

Funder name

UOC Nefrologia e Dialisi dU (Nephrology and Dialysis Unit)

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Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Plan to publish the results of the study in a Nephrology Journal

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Participant level data

Available on request

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