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Tauroursodeoxycholic acid for the treatment of HCV-related chronic hepatitis: a multicenter placebo-controlled study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9840118     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Tauroursodeoxycholic acid is a promising drug for the treatment of chronic cholestatic liver diseases since it has more favourable physicochemical and metabolic properties than ursodeoxycholic acid. Tauroursodeoxycholic acid may be of benefit also for necroinflammatory liver disease, especially for HCV-related chronic hepatitis in which bile duct damage and some degree of cholestasis are frequently seen at histology. METHODOLOGY: One hundred and fifty patients with chronic hepatitis were randomly assigned to receive tauroursodeoxycholic acid at daily doses of 500 mg or 750 mg, or a placebo for 6 months. RESULTS: A consistent decrease in aminotransferase serum levels was observed in patients treated with tauroursodeoxycholic acid compared with placebo (p<0.001) and a progressive improvement with time was also found (p<0.05; linear time effect). CONCLUSIONS: Tauroursodeoxycholic acid improves the biochemical expression of chronic hepatitis. Long-term studies with clinically relevant end-points are warranted.
A Crosignani; G Budillon; L Cimino; C Del Vecchio Blanco; C Loguercio; G Ideo; G Raimondo; R Stabilini; M Podda
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hepato-gastroenterology     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0172-6390     ISO Abbreviation:  Hepatogastroenterology     Publication Date:    1998 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-02-10     Completed Date:  1999-02-10     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8007849     Medline TA:  Hepatogastroenterology     Country:  GREECE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1624-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine San Paolo, Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Alanine Transaminase / blood
Aspartate Aminotransferases / blood
Clinical Enzyme Tests
Double-Blind Method
Hepatitis C, Chronic / diagnosis,  drug therapy*
Middle Aged
Taurochenodeoxycholic Acid / therapeutic use*
gamma-Glutamyltransferase / blood
Reg. No./Substance:
14605-22-2/tauroursodeoxycholic acid; 516-35-8/Taurochenodeoxycholic Acid; EC; EC Aminotransferases; EC Transaminase

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