Tenofovir-associated renal and bone toxicity

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HIV Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.99). 06/2009; 10(8):482-7. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-1293.2009.00716.x
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The aims of the study were to describe the clinical presentation and renal and bone abnormalities in a case series of HIV-infected patients receiving treatment with tenofovir (TDF), and to recommend appropriate screening for toxicity related to TDF.
Patients were identified from referrals to a specialist HIV renal clinic. Patients were included if treatment with TDF was assessed as the primary cause of the renal function impairment and clinical data were available prior to and following discontinuation of TDF treatment. Data were collected from case note review and clinic databases.
Twenty-two patients (1.6% of all those who received TDF) were identified with TDF-associated renal toxicity. All had normal serum creatinine prior to TDF therapy. All presented with proteinuria. On stopping TDF, renal function improved. Eight patients had confirmed Fanconi syndrome. Twelve patients presented with bone pain and osteomalacia was confirmed on an isotope bone scan in seven of these patients. The findings (in those patients tested) of tubular proteinuria, reduced tubular transport maximum of phosphate (TmP), and glycosuria were all consistent with the proximal tubule being the site of toxicity.
Renal toxicity remains a concern in patients treated with TDF. Clinical presentation may be with renal dysfunction, Fanconi syndrome or osteomalacia. Our investigations suggest proximal tubular toxicity as a common pathogenic mechanism.

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    • "The most frequent tubular abnormality was a lower reabsorption of phosphate. Previous in-vitro studies have suggested that phosphate transport in the proximal tubule is particularly sensitive to mitochondrial toxicity[34], and increased urinary phosphate excretion has been previously associated with TDF use[6,14,35,36]. We observed a clear association between phosphaturia and eGFR decline, and a significant correlation with phosphatemia. "
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    • "In the TDF treated HIV patients who underwent kidney biopsy, the main abnormality on light microscopy was acute proximal tubule damage, and the presence of intracytoplasmic inclusions. Electron microscopy showed widespread morphologic abnormalities in proximal tubule mitochondria, with marked variations in size and shape , disruption of cristae, mitochondrial swelling, and intra-mitochondrial deposits [7,14]. "
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    • "The absence of a significant association between raised RBPCR and TFV exposure in general, or TFV/PI exposure more specifically, may relate to the fact that our patients had no evidence of clinical renal tubular toxicity, the size and heterogeneity of the cohort, the assay or the RBPCR cut-off chosen for our analyses, or unmeasured confounding. Of note, the median RBPCR in a previous study of patients with TFV-induced Fanconi syndrome was 5593 μg/mmol (49,515 μg/g) [21], which is approximately 100-fold higher than the upper limit of the reference range of the assay used in our study. As almost all of our patients had RBPCR measurements within (or slightly above) the reference range, RBPCR appears to have good discriminatory value between severe, treatment-limiting renal tubular disease and normal tubular function or mild, asymptomatic renal tubular dysfunction. "
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