Study Title:

Intravenous glutamine appears to reduce the severity of symptomatic platinum-induced neuropathy: a p

Study Abstract

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous (IV) glutamine or calcium/magnesium (Ca/Mg) infusion against platinum-induced neuropathy. Patients undergoing platinum-based (oxaliplatin or cisplatin) therapy were randomized to receive IV glutamine or Ca/Mg infusion during four cycles of chemotherapy, from the fifth cycle of therapy to the eighth cycle. The total neuropathy score (TNS) was evaluated at the end of the fourth course of chemotherapy (as baseline) and at the end of the eighth cycle (as end-of treatment). The intent-to-treat analysis of the end point included 29 patients in the glutamine arm and 26 patients in the Ca/Mg arm. The mean TNS of both cohorts increased significantly. The baseline and end-of-treatment TNSs between the two groups were not statistically different. Patients with symptoms at baseline (N = 29) had significantly lower scores at the end of the study in the glutamine group (P = 0.045). Besides, glutamine group patients who initially had only sensory symptoms (N = 23) also had significantly lower scores at the study's end (P = 0.035). Neither IV glutamine nor Ca/Mg infusion prevented further worsening of platinum-induced neuropathy. However, IV glutamine apparently reduced the severity of symptomatic platinum-induced neuropathy.
KEYWORDS:

Calcium,; Chemotherapy,; Glutamine,; Magnesium; Neuropathy,; Platinum,

Study Information


Intravenous glutamine appears to reduce the severity of symptomatic platinum-induced neuropathy: a prospective randomized study.
J Chemother.
2015 August

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25800685