The Clinical Efficacy of Low-Dose Tacrolimus Combined with Tripterygium to Treat the Steroid-Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome


Objective: To observe the clinical efficacy and safety of low dose tacrolimus (TAC) combined with tripterygium (TW) in treatment of steroid resistant nephritic syndrome (SRNS). Method: The patients, who were diagnosed with mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis (MesPGN) and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) by biopsy and failed to respond to a 3-month treatment with prednisone (1 mg/kg·d), were randomly divided into 2 groups (TAC + TW Group and TW Group). Initially TAC + TW group took TAC 0.05mg/(kg·d) 2 h after meal at 12 h interval. The plasma TAC level was examined after 3 days and was kept at 1.5 - 4 ng·ml; meanwhile, TW was given at 60 mg/d before meal. TW group only took TW (60 mg/d). The efficacy, adverse reactions and plasma TAC levels were observed in each group. Results: 1) Totally 20 SRNS patients completed the trial, 11 of TAC + TW Group and 9 of TW Group. There is no statistical difference between the two groups in terms of age, gender, duration since onset of the disease, blood pressure, 24 h UPQ, serum albumin, creatinine, cholesterol, triglyceride, FBG, kidney pathological categories, time of taking prednisone etc.; 2) Urine protein started to decrease after 1 month treatment in both of TAC + TW and TW groups. By the 12th month of treatment, TAC + TW group showed 8 cases of complete remission (72.7%), 2 cases of partial remission (18.2%) and 1 case of no improvement (9.1%), while those of TW groups were 2 (22.2%), 4 (44.5%) and 3 (33.3%), respectively; 3) With treatment, the TAC + TW Group patients’ plasma protein was significantly higher than that of pretreatment stage and recovered to normal level after 6 month of treatment. However, there was no significant plasma protein increase in TW Group. No obvious changes were observed on serum creatinine level of patients of both the two groups; 4) The incidence of adverse reactions was not significantly different between the two groups. Conclusion: TAC + TW reduced proteinuria of SRNS patients, increased clinical remission rate and was tolerant to SRNS patients. We conclude that TAC + TW treatment is an effective way to treat patients with SRNS.

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H. Ren, G. Chen, X. Zhou, Y. Li, Q. Cai, S. Han and R. Wang, "The Clinical Efficacy of Low-Dose Tacrolimus Combined with Tripterygium to Treat the Steroid-Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome," Open Journal of Nephrology, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2012, pp. 97-104. doi: 10.4236/ojneph.2012.24016.

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