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High-dose methotrexate: on the relationship of methotrexate elimination time vs renal function and serum methotrexate levels in 1164 courses in 264 Swedish children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)
Lund University Hospital.
Lund University Hospital.
Lund University Hospital.
Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Paediatrics UHL.
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2003 (English)In: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, ISSN 0344-5704, Vol. 51, no 4, 311-320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: The objectives of the present study were to determine the relationship between methotrexate (MTX) elimination time and various aspects of renal function and to evaluate the prognostic value of elevated serum MTX and creatinine for delayed MTX elimination. Patients and methods: The majority of the 264 children were being treated for ALL. According to the NOPHO-92 protocol, 5 or 8 g MTX/m(2) was administered over 24 h. Serum creatinine was assessed daily. In 11 patients from one centre, renal function was studied in more detail using serum cystatin C, iohexol clearance, and urinary albumin, IgG and protein HC. Results: Increased serum creatinine correlated significantly with the elimination time of MTX, whereas no indications were found of tubular or barrier function damage. Of the 1164 courses, 44 had delayed elimination of MTX (greater than or equal to120 h). Serum MTX greater than 150 muM at the end of infusion had a sensitivity of 0.27 and a specificity of 0.94 to predict delayed MTX elimination, and greater than or equal to50% increase in serum creatinine during the first treatment day (creatinine ratio) had a sensitivity of 0.32 and a specificity of 0.99. The corresponding risk ratios were 5 and 19 for MTX greater than 150 muM and creatinine ratio, respectively. In courses with a normal elimination time (less than 72 h), 99% of the courses had a rise in serum creatinine of less than 50%. Conclusions: Elevation of serum creatinine by more than 50% is a better predictor of delayed elimination than the level of serum MTX at the end of MTX infusion, especially if information on previous creatinine measurements is used to reduce the impact of an occasionally low serum creatinine value before the start of the MTX infusion.

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2003. Vol. 51, no 4, 311-320 p.
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MTX elimination and renal function; creatinine; glomerular filtration rate; proximal tubule
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53552DOI: 10.1007/s00280-002-0552-1OAI: diva2:289418
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2010-01-25 Last updated: 2010-01-25

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