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Hepatitiscentral.comNadolol Plus Spironolactone in the Prophylaxis of First Variceal Bleed in Nonascitic Cirrhotic Patients: Raquel Abecasis,1 David Kravetz,1 Eduardo Fassio,2 Beatriz Ameigeiras,3 Daniel Garcia,4 Rogelio Isla,5 Graciela Landeira,2 Nora Dominguez,2 Gustavo Romero,1 Julio Argonz,1 and Ruben Terg1 Treatment with ␤-blockers fails to decrease portal pressure in nearly 40% of cirrhotic patients.
Recent studies have suggested that treatment with spironolactone reduces pressure and flow in
the portal and variceal systems. This trial was designed to assess if nadolol plus spironolactone is
more effective than nadolol alone to prevent the first variceal bleeding. One hundred patients
with medium and large varices who had never bled and were without ascites were included in a
prospective, randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The patients were
randomized into 2 groups: 51 received nadolol plus placebo (N ؉ P) and 49 received nadolol
plus spironolactone 100 mg/d (N ؉ S). Hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) and activity of
the renin-aldosterone system (plasma renin activity/plasma aldosterone levels) were measured in
24 patients. There were no significant differences in the appearance of variceal bleeding and
ascites between groups at a mean follow-up of 22 ؎ 16 months. However, analyzing both
complications together, the incidence was significantly higher in the N ؉ P group than in the
N ؉ S group (39% vs. 20%; P < .04). Clinical ascites was also higher in patients in the N ؉ P
group than in the N ؉ S group (21% vs. 6%; P < .04). Significant increases in plasma renin
activity and plasma aldosterone levels were only observed in patients in the N ؉ S group (P <
.01). The cumulative probabilities of remaining free of bleeding and ascites were similar in both
groups after 70 months of follow-up. In conclusion, these results suggest that nadolol plus
spironolactone does not increase the efficacy of nadolol alone in the prophylaxis of the first
variceal bleeding. However, when bleeding and ascites were considered together, the combined
therapy effectively reduced the incidence of both portal-hypertensive complications.
Atpresent,nonselective␤-adrenergicblockers(␤- (HVPG)tolessthan12mmHgoradecreaseinHVPG blockers) are the drugs of choice to prevent the greater than 20% from basal values protects against first variceal bleeding in cirrhotic patients with variceal hemorrhage. However, such a decrease in portal large esophageal varices.1 Previous studies have shown pressure could be achieved in only 20% of patients receiv- that reduction of the hepatic venous pressure gradient ing ␤-blockers.2 Moreover, 40% of treated patients donot have reduced portal pressure despite adequate ␤-blockade.3 Therefore, the addition of drugs to ␤-block- Abbreviations: HVPG, hepatic venous pressure gradient; N ϩ P, nadolol plus ers has been investigated to achieve effective reductions in placebo; N ϩ S, nadolol plus spironolactone. portal pressure in a greater proportion of patients.4 From the 1Liver Unit, Hospital de Gastroenterologı´a B. Udaondo; 2Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital A. Posadas; 3Department of Gastroenterology, Hospi- Recent data have shown that spironolactone signifi- tal Ramos Mejia; 4Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital Municipal; and 5De- cantly lowers portal and variceal pressures by reducing partment of Gastroenterology, Hospital Israelita, Buenos Aires, Argentina. plasma volume and splanchnic blood flow.5-9 Plasma vol- Received June 11, 2002; accepted October 30, 2002. Supported by a grant from the Fundacio´n Argentina para el Estudio de las ume depletion improves the hyperdynamic circulatory state associated with the development and maintenance of This study was presented as an oral presentation at the 2001 annual meeting of portal hypertension.10,11 However, a correlation could the American Gastroenterological Association. not be shown between the decrease in circulating plasma Address reprint requests to: Raquel Abecasis, M.D., 25 de Mayo 229, Bernal, Buenos Aires, Argentina (cp:1876). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; volume and the decrease in HVPG.5,6,8 It has been sug- gested that spironolactone may also have a direct vasoac- Copyright 2003 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. tive effect on the splanchnic circulation that is not mediated by its antialdosteronic mechanism.12 The decrease in portal pressure achieved by adminis- by the hospital ethical committee of each center, and pa- tration of spironolactone could be found even in patients tients gave their written informed consent to participate without ascites5-7 and with or without a restricted sodium in the investigation. Randomization was performed by diet.6-8 The acute addition of intravenous propranolol to tables of random numbers at the coordinating center and long-term spironolactone therapy (100 mg/d) further de- stratified according to participating hospitals.
creased HVPG.7 Furthermore, the combination of spi- Protocol. After randomization, patients were treated
ronolactone and propranolol significantly reduced with nadolol at increasing doses to reduce resting heart variceal pressure in the subset of patients unresponsive to rate by 25% or to 55 beats/min. Once the suitable dose was achieved, 51 patients treated with nadolol alone (N ϩ However, whether these hemodynamic effects have P) received a placebo tablet and 49 patients treated with any impact on the management of cirrhotic patients with nadolol plus spironolactone (N ϩ S) received spironolac- portal hypertension has never been assessed in long-term tone at a fixed dosage of 100 mg/d for the whole study.
clinical trials. Therefore, the aim of this study was to Spironolactone and placebo, in identical tablets, were compare the nonselective ␤-blocker nadolol with spi- given by an assistant not directly involved with the pro- ronolactone plus nadolol in the primary prophylaxis of tocol to ensure study blindness. Treatment was adminis- variceal bleeding. We also investigated whether the com- tered once daily at breakfast. All patients were following bined treatment would have a beneficial effect to prevent an unrestricted-sodium diet. Compliance with treatment the first appearance or recurrence of ascites.
was assessed by checking persistence of heart rate reduc-tion and counting the remaining tablets at each visit. Pa- Patients and Methods
tients who consumed less than 85% of prescribed pillswere classified as noncompliant.
Patients. From October 1993 to December 1999,
Patients were followed up monthly with a physical ex- 100 patients seen in 5 centers in Argentina were enrolled: amination as well as measurement of heart rate and arte- 45 in Hospital B. Udaondo, 36 in Hospital Posadas, 8 in rial blood pressure and every 2 and 6 months with Hospital Ramos Mejı´a, 6 in Hospital Israelita, and 5 in biochemical evaluation and abdominal ultrasonography, Hospital Municipal. The inclusion criteria were as fol- respectively, for the first 2 years. Thereafter, the clinical lows: (1) a diagnosis of cirrhosis based on clinical and evaluation was performed every 3 months and the bio- biochemical data, ultrasonography, and liver biopsy when chemical parameters and ultrasonography every 6 months the procedure was not contraindicated; (2) medium and large esophageal varices irrespective of the presence of red A hemodynamic study was performed in 12 patients in color signs13; (3) no history of variceal bleeding; (4) ultra- each group before and after 2 to 3 months of treatment.
sonographic absence of ascites; and (5) no diuretic treat- After an overnight fast and under local anesthesia, a 7F ment for at least 1 month before inclusion in the trial. The venous catheter introducer was placed in the right femoral exclusion criteria were as follows: (1) contraindications to vein by the Seldinger technique. Under fluoroscopy, a 7F administration of ␤-blockers (heart rate Ͻ55 beats/min, balloon-tipped catheter (Medi Tech; Cooper Scientific systolic blood pressure Ͻ85 mm Hg, chronic obstructive Corp., Watertown, MA) was advanced into the main lung disease, psychosis, insulin-dependent diabetes with right hepatic vein. Wedge (occluded) and free hepatic history of hypoglycemia, heart failure, and second- or venous pressures were measured by inflating and deflating third-degree atrioventricular blocks); (2) hepatocellular the balloon. Afterward, a 7F Swan-Ganz catheter (Ed- carcinoma or other malignancies; (3) serum urea and/or wards Laboratory, Los Angeles, CA) was placed into the creatinine levels greater than 50 and 1.5 mg/dL, respec- pulmonary artery to measure cardiopulmonary pressures tively; (4) bacterial infections; and (5) chronic hepatic and cardiac output (thermodilution). Arterial pressure encephalopathy. According to these criteria, 100 of 170 was recorded by a sphygmomanometer attached to the consecutive patients were eligible for this study. Reasons right arm of the patient, who was in the supine position, for exclusion were as follows: small varices (n ϭ 10), pre- and heart rate was derived from the continuous electro- vious variceal bleeding (n ϭ 15), ascites (n ϭ 11), small cardiographic monitoring. All parameters were measured varices and ascites (n ϭ 10), contraindications to ␤-block- at least in triplicate, and tracings were obtained on a mul- ers (n ϭ 12), chronic encephalopathy (n ϭ 3), tumors tichannel recorder (Electronics Inc., Pleasantville, NY).
(n ϭ 6), and refusal to participate in the study (n ϭ 3).
Portal pressure was estimated from the HVPG, the differ- The study was designed as a randomized, multicenter, ence between wedge hepatic venous pressure and free he- prospective, double-blinded trial. The protocol, which patic venous pressure. Systemic vascular resistance (dyne ⅐ conformed with the Helsinki Declaration, was approved s ⅐ cmϪ5) was calculated as (MAP Ϫ right atrial pressure)/ CO ϫ 80 in which MAP indicates mean arterial pressure Table 1. General Characteristics of Included Patients
(mm Hg) and CO indicates cardiac output (L/min).14 After an overnight fast and 2 hours of bed rest, blood samples from 12 patients in each group were taken to measure plasma renin activity and plasma aldosterone lev- els. Samples were collected in tubes containing ethyl- enediaminetetraacetic acid that were placed on ice and centrifuged at 4°C, and the plasma was frozen at Ϫ30°C until assayed. Plasma renin activity (normal value, 0.2-2.8 ng/mL/h) and plasma aldosterone levels (normal value, 35-350 pg/mL) were measured by radioimmunoassay be- NOTE. No significant difference was observed between groups.
fore and after 18 months of treatment.
*Range of 10-240 mg/d in both groups.
The primary end point of the trial was variceal bleed- †Range of 3-60 months in the N ϩ P group and 1-70 months in the N ϩ S ing. Secondary end points were appearance of ascites, ad- verse effects requiring withdrawal from treatment, andsurvival. We diagnosed variceal bleeding when (1) a pa- gression model. The following variables were assessed: tient with hematemesis and/or melena showed varices ac- type of treatment, age, sex, cause of cirrhosis, Child-Pugh tively bleeding or with a white nipple or a clot on a varix or score, previous ascites, and dosage of nadolol. P values less (2) varices without another potential source of bleeding than .05 were considered significant. Results are given as were identified at emergency endoscopy performed mean Ϯ SD. Data were analyzed according to the inten- within the first 24 hours of the hemorrhage.1 These pa- tients were treated with sclerotherapy and were with-drawn from the trial. Patients who developed either minimal ascites, only detectable by ultrasonography, or There were no significant differences in demographic, clinical ascites were also withdrawn from the trial. Criteria etiologic, clinical, and endoscopic characteristics; previ- used for discontinuation of therapy were as follows: symp- ous episodes of ascites; mean dosage of nadolol (78 Ϯ 61 tomatic arterial hypotension or systolic blood pressure less mg/d); and mean follow-up (22 Ϯ 16 months) between than 85 mm Hg; heart failure; encephalopathy without improvement despite a low-protein diet and lactulose During the study, 6 patients (3 in each group) were lost therapy; bronchospasm; arrhythmia; severe painful gy- to follow-up: 4 patients in the first 6 months and 2 pa- necomastia; serum urea and/or creatinine levels greater tients at 12 and 18 months, respectively.
than 50 and 1.5 mg/dL, respectively; hyponatremia (a Five patients in the N ϩ P group and 4 patients in the decrease in serum sodium Ͼ5 mEq/L to a level Ͻ130 N ϩ S group had to be withdrawn from treatment be- mEq/L); or hyperkalemia (an increase Ͼ1.5 mEq/L to a cause of adverse effects of ␤-blockers: 3 because of brady- arrhythmia, 3 because of bronchospasm, one because of Statistical Analysis. Taking into account that no
symptomatic hypotension, one because of encephalopa- long-term clinical data are available regarding the effects thy, and one because of postural dizziness and severe as- of spironolactone on portal pressure and that patients thenia. Five patients were withdrawn during the first 6 with large esophageal varices treated with ␤-blockers months of treatment, and the remaining 4 were with- would have an expected risk of bleeding of 31% during a drawn after 24 months of follow-up. Two patients with follow-up of at least 2 years, we considered it clinically side effects of spironolactone (hyperkalemia [potassium, 6 relevant to decrease this risk to 12%. In that regard, we mmol/L] and serum creatinine level of 1.7 mg/dL) were estimated a sample size of 145 patients given an ␣ error of withdrawn at 6 and 15 months of treatment. These com- 0.05 and a ␤ error of 0.2 in a 2-tailed test. An interim plications disappeared after discontinuation of the rele- analysis was planned when most patients completed at vant drug. Minor adverse effects that did not preclude continuation with treatment included mild asthenia in 9 Comparisons between groups were performed using patients, gynecomastia in 4 patients (2 in each group), nested ANOVA test for quantitative variables and 2 test dizziness in 3 patients, arterial hypotension in 7 patients, for qualitative variables. The cumulative probabilities of and encephalopathy stage I in 3 patients, with similar variceal bleeding, ascites, and survival were calculated us- distribution in both groups (Table 2).
ing the Kaplan-Meier method and compared by log-rank Inadequate compliance was observed in 4 patients in test. Predictors of bleeding were identified by Cox’s re- the N ϩ P group and 5 patients in the N ϩ S group.
Table 2. Side Effects During the Study
in the N ϩ S group (Table 3). There were no changes in cardiopulmonary pressures in both groups of patients.
Clinical Outcome. During follow-up, 7 patients in
the N ϩ P group (13.7%) and 3 patients in the N ϩ S group (6%) had variceal bleeding, Eight patients bled from esophageal varices (6 in the N ϩ P group and 2 in the N ϩ S group), either on medium or large varices.
These patients were treated with sclerotherapy. The re- maining 2 patients (one in each group) bled from gastric varices, and one of them received a portocaval shunt. The cumulative probabilities of patients to be free of bleeding NOTE. No significant difference was observed between groups.
after 70 months of follow-up were 73% in the N ϩ Pgroup and 79% in the N ϩ S group (P ϭ NS) (Fig. 1).
Ascites developed in 13 patients in the N ϩ P group (25%) and in 7 patients in the N ϩ S group (14%).
Hepatic and renal function test results and electrolyte Although the incidence of ascites was similar between levels were similar before and after treatment in both groups, we observed that 11 patients in the N ϩ P group groups. Treatment with nadolol alone did not produce (21%) and 3 in the N ϩ S group (6%) had clinical ascites any changes in plasma renin activity and plasma aldoste- (P Ͻ .04); the number of remaining patients with mini- rone levels. In contrast, the addition of spironolactone to mal ascites was similar in both groups (P ϭ NS). Ascites nadolol was associated with significant increases in both de novo appeared in 10 of 13 patients in the N ϩ P group and in 5 of 7 patients in the N ϩ S group (P ϭ NS). Of Splanchnic Hemodynamics. In patients in the N ϩ P
group, HVPG decreased significantly from 16.3 Ϯ 3.7 the 19 patients with previous ascites, only 5 had a recur- mm Hg at baseline to 14.3 Ϯ 3.5 mm Hg after treatment rence during the study (3 in the N ϩ P group and 2 in the (mean decrease, Ϫ11.5 Ϯ 14.4%; P Ͻ .05). Patients in N ϩ S group). The cumulative probabilities of patients to the N ϩ S group showed a significant reduction in HVPG be free of ascites after 60 months of follow-up were 57% from 17.9 Ϯ 2.7 to 15 Ϯ 3.3 mm Hg (mean decrease, in the N ϩ P group and 73% in the N ϩ S group (P ϭ Ϫ16 Ϯ 12.4%; P Ͻ .01). No significant differences were NS) (Fig. 2).
observed when the decrease in HVPG was compared be- Considering variceal bleeding and ascites together in each group, 20 patients (39%) in the N ϩ P group and 10 Systemic Hemodynamics. Both groups of patients
patients (20%) in the N ϩ S group had both hypertensive showed effective ␤-blockade, evidenced by a significant reduction in cardiac output and heart rate in addition to Type of treatment, dosage of nadolol, age, sex, Child- an increase in systemic vascular resistance. A small but Pugh score, cause of cirrhosis, and previous episodes of significant decrease in mean arterial pressure was observed ascites did not have an independent predictive value of Table 3. Biochemical Parameters and Endogenous Vasoactive System Before and After Both Treatments
N ؉ P (n ؍ 51)
N ؉ S (n ؍ 49)
Abbreviations: B, before both treatments; A, after both treatments.
*Only measured in 12 patients in each group before and after 18 months of treatment.
†P Ͻ .01.
Table 4. Hemodynamic Effects of Nadolol or Nadolol Plus Spironolactone
N ؉ P (n ؍ 12)
N ؉ S (n ؍ 12)
NOTE. Four patients in the N ϩ P group and 5 patients in the N ϩ S group had a good HVPG response, without differences between groups.
Abbreviations: HR, heart rate; MAP, mean arterial pressure; RAP, right atrial pressure; PAP, pulmonary artery pressure; PCP, pulmonary capillary pressure; CO, cardiac output; SVR, systemic vascular resistance; WHVP, wedge hepatic venous pressure; FHVP, free hepatic venous pressure.
bleeding when tested by Cox’s multiple regression analy- Discussion
Three patients in the N ϩ P group and one patient in Hemodynamic studies have shown that spironolactone the N ϩ S group died. A patient in the N ϩ P group died may be effective in decreasing portal and variceal pres- of variceal bleeding, and the other 2 died of lung and sures.5,6,8,9 However, the clinical effectiveness of nadolol plus bladder cancer, respectively. The cause of death in the spironolactone to protect cirrhotic patients with esophageal patient in the N ϩ S group was hepatic failure. The cu- varices at risk for bleeding has not yet been investigated.
mulative probability of survival was 91% in the N ϩ P We report the results of the first long-term, prospec- group and 97% in the N ϩ S group (Fig. 3).
tive, double-blind, randomized clinical study comparing When the results were analyzed at a mean follow-up of the efficacy and safety of the association of nadolol and 22 Ϯ 16 months, the rates of bleeding and ascites were not spironolactone with nadolol alone in the prophylaxis of different between both groups of patients. Considering first variceal bleeding in nonascitic cirrhotic patients.
that the cumulative risk of bleeding and ascites was 27% Taking into account that a group of patients included and 43%, respectively, in the N ϩ P group and 21% and in this study would be treated with spironolactone, we 27% in the N ϩ S group, we estimated that a sample size also examined its ability to prevent the development of of 534 and 432 patients, respectively, would be necessary to achieve a statistical difference between both groups Previous hemodynamic studies have shown that treat- (␣ ϭ 0.05 and ␤ ϭ 0.20). Therefore, we decided to stop ment with spironolactone decreased portal and variceal the trial because we would be unable to recruit such a pressures in human and experimental cirrhosis.5-9,15,16 Moreover, the acute intravenous addition of propranolol Fig. 1. Cumulative probability of being free of bleeding in the N ϩ P Fig. 2. Cumulative probability of being free of ascites in the N ϩ P of plasma volume. However, it has also been shown thatspironolactone decreases portal and variceal pressures inpatients following a normal-sodium diet.5,9 Therefore, webelieve it is unlikely that intake of sodium plays a majorrole in our results.
We observed a low incidence of bleeding in the whole group, particularly in patients treated with spironolactoneplus nadolol. In absolute terms, only 10 patients bled anddecreased almost by half in the combined treatmentgroup (7 vs. 3). This could be related to the inclusion ofpatients with less severe liver disease (mean Child-Pughscore of 5.9 Ϯ 1) and without ascites. In this regard, it hasbeen shown that ascites is an important prognostic factor Fig. 3. Cumulative probability of survival in the N ϩ P and N ϩ S increasing the risk of bleeding21 and was the most impor- tant indicator of both bleeding and death risks in a trialcomparing patients with and without ascites treated with to long-term administration of spironolactone further re- propranolol.22 Vorobioff et al. observed that, after 3 duces HVPG.7 Nevens et al. showed that spironolactone months of treatment with propranolol, portal pressure also reduced variceal pressure in patients on long-term decreased significantly more often in patients without as- ␤-blocker therapy.9 On the other hand, Sugano et al. did cites than in those with ascites.23 The effectiveness of pro-not find differences in the mean reduction of HVPG be- pranolol in nonascitic cirrhotic patients is in keeping with tween patients treated with low-dose transdermal nitro- a pathophysiologic study reporting that the density of glycerin alone or associated with spironolactone.17 In the ␤-adrenoreceptors in circulating mononuclear cells is re- present trial, long-term administration of nadolol plus duced in patients with ascites, probably resulting in a low spironolactone produced a higher but not significant de- hemodynamic response to ␤-blockers.24 This evidence crease in HVPG compared with nadolol alone (16% vs.
suggests that ␤-blockers are more effective in reducing 11.5%). This effect could be related to a decrease in ef- portal hypertension in compensated cirrhotic patients, fective intravascular volume suggested by the significant even more when administered at early stages before the increases in plasma renin activity and plasma aldosterone levels observed in patients treated with the combined Although the development of ascites was similar in therapy. Another possible explanation for the reduction both groups, the subset of patients with clinical evidence in HVPG could be a decrease in the intrahepatic vascular of this complication was significantly higher in the group resistance produced by the calcium channel blocking ac- treated with nadolol alone than in those who received the tion of spironolactone.12,18 This probable vasodilator combined treatment. Ascites de novo was reduced by 50% property of spironolactone would explain why short-term in patients who received combined treatment compared or long-term administration of furosemide did not pro- with those treated with nadolol alone (12% vs. 25%); duce any significant changes in HVPG, total blood vol- however, this difference was not significant. The inci- ume, or azygos blood flow despite a decrease in cardiac dence of ascites de novo in patients treated with nadolol alone was similar to that reported in long-term trials on The different results of the current trial compared with primary prophylaxis of variceal bleeding with ␤-blockers other hemodynamic studies could be attributed to the fact ranging from 27% to 32%.22,26,27 All of these findings that our patients followed an unrestricted-sodium diet.
show that a trend toward the association of nadolol and We decided on this diet by taking into account the study spironolactone may be useful in the prevention of clinical design, which included patients without ascites and their ascites that should be treated with sodium restriction and poor compliance with a low-sodium diet for a long time.
diuretics, whereas minimal ascites, only detectable by ul- It had been shown in portal-hypertensive rats20 and in trasonography, does not necessitate specific treatment.28 cirrhotic patients6 that restriction of sodium produces a A further analysis, according to the occurrence of significant reduction in plasma volume and improves the variceal bleeding and ascites in each group of patients, hyperdynamic circulation associated with cirrhosis. In showed that the incidence of both complications was sig- this trial, treatment with spironolactone probably did not nificantly higher in patients treated with nadolol alone result in additional effects because the administered than in those treated with spironolactone plus nadolol.
amount of sodium blunted a more pronounced decrease This interesting finding supports the concept that the prevention of ascites would increase the efficacy of nado- 9. Nevens F, Lijnen P, VanBilloen H, Fevery J. The effects of long-term treatment with spironolactone on variceal pressure in patients with portalhypertension without ascites. HEPATOLOGY 1996;23:1047-1052.
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11. Schrier R, Arroyo V, Bernardi M, Epstein M, Henriksen J, Rodes J. Pe- the combined treatment group developed an increase in ripheral arterial vasodilation hypothesis: a proposal for the initiation of serum creatinine and urea levels associated, in one of the renal sodium and water retention in cirrhosis. HEPATOLOGY 1988;8:1151- patients, with hyperkalemia that improved with discon- 12. Dacquet C, Loirand G, Mironneau C, Mironneau J, Pacaud P. Spirono- tinuation of the diuretic drug. Despite the concern that lactone inhibition of contraction and calcium channels in rat portal vein.
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