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Nephron Clin Pract. 2009;111(4):c223-8. doi: 10.1159/000208990. Epub 2009 Mar 14.

Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F treatment for idiopathic refractory nephrotic syndrome in adults: a meta-analysis.

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  • 1Department of Nephrology, Second Affiliated Hospital, Nanchang University, No. 1 Minde Road, Nanchang, PR China.


Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF) is a Chinese herbal medicine with immunosuppressive effects and an established history of use in the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. We have carried out a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs which assessed the effectiveness of TwHF in the treatment for idiopathic refractory nephrotic syndrome (IRNS). After reading the full text, only three RCTs or quasi-RCTs meeting our inclusion criteria were selected. Our meta-analysis indicated that TwHF has beneficial effects on the remission of IRNS. There was no significant publication bias in the meta-analysis studies. However, studies with a larger sample size and including patients with both a mild and severe histopathological change involvement separately are needed to assess the effects of TwHF in IRNS patients before exact conclusions can be drawn.

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