Division of Nephrology, Zhengzhou TCM Hospital, Zhengzhou, Henan 450000, P.R. China; Division of Nephrology, The Affiliated Hospital of Henan Province Chinese Medicine Research Institute, Zhengzhou, Henan 450004, P.R. China; Division of Endocrinology, Zhengzhou Central Hospital, Zhengzhou, Henan 450007, P.R. China; Department of Science and Education, Zhengzhou TCM Hospital, Zhengzhou, Henan 450000, P.R. China.
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine. 2016;12((1)):157-160.
The aim of the present study was to investigate the clinical effects of Shengxuening tablet (silkworm excrement) combined with recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) for the treatment of renal anemia of maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients. Seventy-two MHD patients with renal anemia were included in the study and randomly divided into the control (n=34) and observation (n=38) groups. Patients in the control
group were treated by hypodermic injection of 100-150 U/(kg.w) rHuEPO and patients in the observation group were treated by rHuEPO + 1.0 g t.i.d. p.o. Shengxuening tablet. The two groups were assisted by conventional treatments including iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 and L-carnitine. After 3 and 6 months, improvement of anemia was compared. After 3 months, the hemoglobin, hematocrit, serum ferritin and transferrin saturation levels of the observation group were significantly higher than those of the control group (p<0.05). In addition, C-reactive protein and superoxide dismutase levels of the observation group were significantly lower than those of the control group (p<0.05). After 6 months, indices of the observation group were ameliorated while the improvement of control group was not obvious, and indices of the observation group were significantly higher than those of the control group (p<0.05). Consumption of rHuEPO in the observation group was significantly less than that of the control group, and the total effective rate was significantly higher than that of the control group (p<0.05). In conclusion, Shengxuening tablet combined with rHuEPO was safe and effective for the treatment of renal anemia of MHD patients.