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MINERVA GASTROENTEROLOGICA E DIETOLOGICA
A Journal on Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Dietetics
Indexed/Abstracted in: CAB, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2005 June;51(2):193-200
Effects of a new pharmacological complex (sylibin+vitamin E+phospholipids) on some markers of metabolic syndrome and of a liver fibrosis in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a preliminary open pilot study
Trappoliere M., Federico A., Tuccillo C., de Sio I., Di Leva A., Niosi M., D'Auria M., Loguercio C.
Aims. This open preliminary pilot study was aimed to evaluate the effect of a new pharmaceutical complex (silybin+vitamin E+phospholipids - RealSIL-IBI-Lorenzini Pharmaceu-tical, Italy) on some parameters of metabolic syndrome and of liver fibrosis in patients with non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with or without the contemporaneous presence of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related chronic hepatitis.
Methods. Eighty five patients were consecutively enrolled in the study and divided in 2 groups; the first group was represented by 59 patients affected by NAFLD, negative for other known causes of chronic liver damage (M/F= 39/20; median age and range: 44 years, 22-76, group A); the second group was represented by 26 patients (M/F=19/7; median age and range 51 years, 20-75, group B) with HCV-related chronic hepatitis associated to NAFLD. Adverse events and drop-outs were absent in all group and compliance at the study was absolute.
Results. This open preliminary study shows that the new compound silybin+vitamin E+ phospholipids is active, in vivo, and produces some therapeutic effects in patients with different forms of chronic liver damage. In particular, it improves insulin resistance and plasma levels of markers of liver fibrosis in patients in whom these parameters are particularly altered.
Conclusions. Our data have a role of suggestion to further evaluate, through a controlled trial, a possible therapeutic use of this new compound in the management of patients with NAFLD.