Terlipressin in combination with albumin as a therapy for hepatorenal syndrome in patients aged 65 years or older

Muhammad A. Mujtaba, Ann Kathleen Gamilla-Crudo, Shehzad N. Merwat, Syed A. Hussain, Michael Kueht, Aftab Karim, Muhammad W. Khattak, Peggy J. Rooney, Khurram Jamil

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Introduction and Objectives: Clinical data for older patients with advanced liver disease are limited. This post hoc analysis evaluated the efficacy and safety of terlipressin in patients aged ≥65 years with hepatorenal syndrome using data from 3 Phase III, randomized, placebo-controlled studies (OT-0401, REVERSE, CONFIRM). Patients and Methods: The pooled population of patients aged ≥65 years (terlipressin, n = 54; placebo, n = 36) was evaluated for hepatorenal syndrome reversal—defined as a serum creatinine level ≤1.5 mg/dL (≤132.6 μmol/L) while receiving terlipressin or placebo, without renal replacement therapy, liver transplantation, or death—and the incidence of renal replacement therapy (RRT). Safety analyses included an assessment of adverse events. Results: Hepatorenal syndrome reversal was almost 2-times higher in terlipressin-treated patients compared with patients who received placebo (31.5% vs 16.7%; P = 0.143). Among surviving patients, the need for RRT was significantly reduced in the terlipressin group, with an almost 3-times lower incidence of RRT versus the placebo group (Day 90: 25.0% vs 70.6%; P = 0.005). Among 23 liver-transplant-listed patients, significantly fewer patients in the terlipressin versus placebo group needed RRT by Days 30 and 60 (P = 0.027 each). Fewer patients in the terlipressin group needed RRT post-transplant (P = 0.011). More terlipressin-treated patients who were listed for and received a liver transplant were alive and RRT-free by Day 90. No new safety signals were revealed in the older subpopulation compared with previously published data. Conclusions: Terlipressin therapy may lead to clinical improvements in highly vulnerable patients aged ≥65 years with hepatorenal syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101126
JournalAnnals of Hepatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2023


  • Acute renal failure
  • Cirrhosis
  • Geriatrics
  • Hepatorenal syndrome
  • Renal replacement therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology


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