Selexipag for the Treatment of Schistosomiasis-Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

  • End date
    Mar 31, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Sao Paulo General Hospital
Updated on 26 January 2021
pulmonary arterial hypertension
right ventricular failure
endothelin receptor antagonist
phosphodiesterase-5 (pde-5) inhibitor


Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a severe, progressive and potentially fatal disease that impairs the pulmonary circulation and leads to right ventricular failure. One of the world most prevalent etiologies of PAH is schistosomiasis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (Sch-PAH). New drugs have emerged to treat other forms of PAH, but their benefits cannot be automatically translated for Sch-PAH patients, since this etiology was not included in the pivotal PAH trials. One of the most promising therapies for the treatment of PAH to emerge in recent years is selexipag, an oral IP receptor agonist, which acts on the prostacyclin pathway. The present study aims to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of selexipague for the treatment of schistosomiasis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Condition Pulmonary Hypertension, Schistosomiasis, Cancer Prevention, Surviving Abuse, Joint Injuries, Abdominal Surgery, Mental Disability, Pelvic Adhesions, Low Testosterone, Dental Filling, Habit Reversal, Complicated Grief, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Gambling Problems, Myopic Macular Degeneration, Nerve Injury, Severe Premenstrual Symptom, Stasis Dermatitis, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Open Heart Surgery, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Effects of Chemotherapy, Renal Anemia, Functional Dyspepsia, Catheter Complications, Serial Evaluation of Ductal Epithelium, Chronic Renal Anemia, Cancer Treatment, Anemic Cancer, Spinocerebellar Disorders, Pseudobulbar Affect, Spine Athroplasty, Indikation: Diabetes - Typ II, Partial Medial Meniscectomy, Primary Insulin Hypersecretion, Testotoxikose, Infantile Fibrosarcoma, Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipfuscinsosis, Memory Problems
Treatment Selexipag
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04589390
SponsorUniversity of Sao Paulo General Hospital
Last Modified on26 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Patients with symptomatic Sch-PAH. Sch-PAH diagnosis necessarily include the three criteria below
Invasive confirmation of PAH, according to the criteria defined in the Pulmonary Hypertension Sixth World Symposium: mean pulmonary artery pressure higher than 20 mmHg, at rest, and the presence of pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) equal to or greater than 3 W, and a pulmonary capillary pressure considered normal (equal to or lower than 15 mmHg (1))
At least one epidemiological criteria for chronic schistosomiasis: patient from a highly prevalent region for schistosomiasis or previous history of parasitic treatment for schistosomiasis or the presence of Schistosoma mansoni eggs in the patient's feces
Evidence of long-term hepatosplenic involvement by schistosomiasis, via compatible ultrasound findings (peri-portal fibrosis or enlarged left lobe) All patients will necessarily already be receiving at least one specific treatment for PAH, either with phosphodiesterase V inhibitor or with an endothelin receptor antagonist, with a stable dose for at least 12 weeks before inclusion in the study

Exclusion Criteria

Patient without clinical condition to perform the 6-minute walk test
Patient with gastro-intestinal bleeding for over 12 weeks
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