Low-Intensity Shockwave Therapy (LI-ESWT) in Diabetic Kidney Disease: Results from an Open-Label Interventional Clinical Trial

Sune Møller Skov-Jeppesen*, Knud Bonnet Yderstræde, Boye L. Jensen, Claus Bistrup, Milad Hanna, Lars Lund

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Purpose: Treatment with low-intensity shockwave therapy (LI-ESWT) is associated with angiogenesis and is suggested as a treatment for different types of vascular diseases. It was hypothesized that LI-ESWT improves the renal filtration barrier and halts the progression of GFR decline in diabetic kidney disease (DKD) potentially through VEGF and NO formation. We present the first data on LI-ESWT in human DKD.
Methods: The study was designed as an interventional, prospective, one-arm, Phase 1 study. We investigated change in GFR and albuminuria in 28 patients with DKD treated with six sessions of LI-ESWT over three weeks. The patients were followed for six months. Urine excretion of kidney injury markers, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and nitric oxide metabolites (NOx) was studied after LI-ESWT.
Results: There were no significant changes in GFR and albuminuria up to six months after LI-ESWT compared to baseline. Urine VEGF was transiently reduced one month after LI-ESWT, but there were no other significant changes in urine VEGF or NOx after LI-ESWT. Secondary analysis showed that NOx increased after LI-ESWT in patients who had low levels of NOx at baseline. Kidney injury marker trefoil factor 3 (TFF3) increased acutely after the first session of LI-ESWT indicating transient endothelial repair. Other markers of kidney injury were stable in relation to LI-ESWT.
Conclusion: LI-ESWT treatment did not significantly improve kidney function and albumin excretion. It is concluded that LI-ESWT is not harmful. A randomized blinded study should be performed to clarify whether adjunctive treatment with LI-ESWT is superior to standard treatment of DKD.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
Sider (fra-til)255-266
StatusUdgivet - 13. jul. 2021


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