Efficiency and safety of bosentan in child C cirrhosis with portopulmonary hypertension and renal insufficiency

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Bosentan has lately been described as a successful therapeutic agent for portopulmonary hypertension consecutive to child A cirrhosis. This is the first report of the effect of this substance with advanced liver cirrhosis (child C) and renal insufficiency. Low doses of bosentan (initially twice 31.25 mg/day and then 62.5 mg/day) increased cardiac output and allowed correction of renal insufficiency; it allowed one to stop the requirement of oxygen and not only improved the 6-min walking test by more than 400 m, but also decreased the severity of the liver cirrhosis to child B stadium. This suggests that patients, who would be excluded from a liver transplantation program because of their portopulmonary hypertension, could profit from a careful therapy with bosentan.

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