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Treatment Study for Compensated Cirrhosis Caused by Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
The purpose of this study is to find out how safe and effective the investigational drug, obeticholic acid (also known as OCA), may be in improving compensated cirrhosis caused by NASH when compared with placebo. 540 total patients will be recruited for this study. At Rush University Medical Center we expect to recruit 3 patients. The treatment will be assigned randomly.
In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:
- Have biopsy confirmed NASH and stage 4 fibrosis (cirrhosis).
You will be excluded from the study if any of the following criteria apply to you:
- Have a history of ascites, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, variceal bleeding, hepatic encephalopathy or hepatorenal/hepatopulmonary syndromes.
- Have a MELD score > 20.
- Have a history of non-bleeding varices within the past 6 months.
This is a partial list of elgibility requirements.