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West Afr J Med. 2011 May-Jun;30(3):164-8.

Temporal changes in renal glomerular function associated with the use of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate in HIV-infected Nigerians.

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Department of Medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria.



Reports of renal dysfunction in Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (TDF)-treated HIV-1 infected patients have raised concerns about potential nephrotoxicity.


To compare the effects on renal function of TDF-containing highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) with a non-TDF-containing HAART.


This was an observational study.Clinical and laboratory data of 186 HIV-1 infected adult Nigerians on first-line HAART for at least 48 weeks were reviewed. Eighty-four patients whose nucleos(t)ide reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) backbone included TDF were compared to 102 patients on other NRTI backbones. Creatinine clearance (CLcr) was estimated using the Cockcroft-Gault equation. Changes in serum creatinine and CLcr from the baseline for each patient were compared between the TDF-treated and the TDF-free patients. We also assessed the associations of other variables with change in CLcr...


Baseline median serum creatinine (mmol/L) was 77 and 84 in the TDF-treated and TDF-free groups, respectively (p=0.59). Baseline median CLcr (mls/min) was 83 in the TDF-treated patients vs 78 in the TDF-free group. At 48 weeks, serum creatinine increased by 18.1% and 1.2% in the TDF-treated and TDF-free arms, respectively. There was a decrease of 4.8% in GFR in the TDF arm compared to a gain 5.1% in the TDF-free arm.


Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate-containing HAART is associated with a slight decline in the medium term in CLcr compared with HAART regimens containing alternative Nucleosid(t) Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors.

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