Last updated on March 2019

Efficacy Safety Study and Benefit of Alkali Therapy in Sickle Cell Disease


Brief description of study

The objective of this study is to assess the effect of alkali administration on bicarbonate and potassium levels in patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and depressed serum bicarbonate levels. The study is a prospective non-blinded evaluation of tolerability and efficacy of alkali repletion with 4 weeks of observation and two sequential 4 week courses of escalating oral sodium bicarbonate treatment.

Detailed Study Description

Primary Objective:

To assess the effect of alkali administration on bicarbonate and potassium levels in patients with SCD and depressed serum bicarbonate levels.

Secondary Objectives:

To assess the effect of alkali administration on improvement in hemolysis and on sequelae of impaired kidney function, ie, LDH, Hgb, reticulocyte count, red cell half-life, and muscle strength, Vitamin D levels, and markers of bone turnover, respectively.

To assess the influence of alkali administrations on markers of kidney tubule inflammation.

To evaluate intraparenchymal iron in patients with SCD and renal dysfunction. Safety and adverse events of alkali patients with sickle cell disease will be monitored. This research will supplement current knowledge about management of the clinically important subset of people with SCD who have renal insufficiency and acid-base perturbation.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT01894594

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University hospitals Case Medical Center

Cleveland, OH United States

Recruitment Status: Closed


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