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In Hepatitis C Patients Treated With Interferon and Ribavirin, Does Hepcidin Contribute to Treatment Induced Anaemia

Information source: Fremantle Hospital and Health Service
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Hepatitis C

Intervention: Pegylated interferon alpha (Drug); Ribavirin (Drug)

Phase: N/A

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: Fremantle Hospital and Health Service

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Marius M Van Rijnsoever, MBBS, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: South Metropolitan Health Service, Perth Western Australia

Overall contact:
Marius M Van Rijnsoever, MBBS, Phone: +61-8-9431-3333, Email: Marius.vanrijnsoever@health.wa.gov.au


The standard treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection is pegylated interferon alpha combined with ribavirin. Anaemia is a common complication occurring in up to 30% of subjects. Unfortunately, side effects of interferon and ribavirin therapy can require dose reductions, reducing the likelihood of sustained viral response. Recent data shows that interferon alpha may increase hepcidin (a key iron regulator) production, resulting in impaired iron availability for production of red blood cells. In this study, we will evaluate hepcidin levels in 30 patients with Hepatitis C who are treated with interferon containing regimes. If hepcidin plays a role in interferon-induced anaemia, cheap and readily available oral hepcidin inhibitors could be trialled to potentially reduce the impact of interferon alpha induced anaemia.

Clinical Details

Official title: Is Hepcidin a Possible Contributor to Impaired Iron Mobilization and Anaemia in Hepatitis C Patients Treated With Pegylated Interferon Alpha and Ribavirin Therapy? A Pilot Study

Study design: Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective

Primary outcome: Hepcidin levels

Secondary outcome:

iron metabolism markers

heamolysis markers

inosine triphosphatase genetic variants

erythropoiesis markers


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 70 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Any patient with hepatitis C eligible for treatment with pegylated interferon alpha

containing regimes. Exclusion Criteria:

- less than 18 years of age

Locations and Contacts

Marius M Van Rijnsoever, MBBS, Phone: +61-8-9431-3333, Email: Marius.vanrijnsoever@health.wa.gov.au

Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia; Recruiting
Marius M Van Rijnsoever, MBBS, Phone: +61-8-9431-3333, Email: marius.vanrijnsoever@health.wa.gov.au
Marius M Van Rijnsoever, MBBS, Principal Investigator
Additional Information

australian new zealand clinical trials register

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