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      Is the Efficacy of LDL Apheresis in Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Linked to a Reduction in Endothelial Activation Markers?

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          Endothelial dysfunction of the optic microcirculation is considered to be the main pathogenetic mechanism in nonarteritic ischemic optic neuropathy. The aim of the present work was to assess whether a clinical improvement is correlated with a reduction in the endothelial activation markers by means of LDL apheresis (LDLA). Three weekly sessions of LDLA were administered in 23 patients affected by nonarteritic ischemic optic neuropathy. Statistically significant reductions were achieved in all parameters: total cholesterol (44.6%), LDL cholesterol (54.6%), fibrinogen (60.9%), von Willebrand factor (38.6%), sE-Selectin (22.6%), sICAM-1 (14%) and sVCAM-1 (15.5%), each of which was correlated with an improvement in the mean deviation of the visual field, although statistical significance for the single parameters was not reached. However, analysis of variance between the mean deviation improvement and the set of parameters taken together yielded highly significant results (p < 0.0001). LDLA was effective in reducing the values of all evaluated endothelial activation markers, and this trend was correlated with an improvement in the visual field.

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              Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) is thought to have many different origins, including disturbances of microcirculation, autoimmune pathology, and viral infection. We aimed to determine whether acute reduction of plasma fibrinogen and serum LDL is effective for treatment of SSHL of suspected vascular origin. Between January, 2000, and June, 2001, we recruited 201 patients with sudden hearing loss from four otorhinolaryngology clinics in Germany. Patients were randomly allocated to single fibrinogen/LDL apheresis or standard treatment (250 mg prednisolone reduced by 25 mg per day, 500 mL 6% hydroxyethyl starch, 400 mg pentoxifylline per day). The primary outcome was recovery of hearing as measured by pure-tone audiometry 48 h after the start of treatment. Secondary outcomes were recovery of hearing 6 weeks after treatment, improvement of speech audiometry, tinnitus, and frequency of side-effects. Analysis was done per protocol. Overall improvement of pure-tone thresholds was slightly but not significantly better in patients given apheresis than in those given standard treatment (difference 7.7, 95% CI -8.2 to 23.6). However, the mean sound level at which 50% of recorded digits were recognised was significantly lower after 48 h in the apheresis group (21.6 dB, SD 20.8) than in the standard group (29.3 dB, 29.4; p=0.034). After 6 weeks, the mean 50% speech perception was at 13.6 dB (SD 14.3) in the apheresis group and at 20.8 dB (25.4) in those on standard treatment (p=0.059). At 48 h, in patients with plasma fibrinogen concentrations of more than 295 mg/dL, speech perception was improved much more in those on apheresis (15.3 dB, 17.3) than in those on standard treatment (6.1 dB, 10.4; p=0.005). A single fibrinogen/LDL apheresis lasting for 2 h could be used as an alternative to conventional infusion treatment and prednisolone for 10 days. Patients with a plasma fibrinogen of more than 8.68 micromol/L improve much better when treated with apheresis, especially if serum LDL concentrations are also raised.

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                Blood Purif
                Blood Purification
                S. Karger AG
                August 2006
                14 August 2006
                : 24
                : 4
                : 405-412
                aDivision of Nephrology, Department of Internal and Public Medicine, bDivision of Internal Medicine, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology, cDivision of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology, and dCoagulation Laboratory, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
                94574 Blood Purif 2006;24:405–412
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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