Gfh297 441.443Nephrol Dial Transplant (2005) 20: 441–443doi:10.1093/ndt/gfh297 Treatment of baclofen overdose by haemodialysis: a pharmacokineticstudy Vin-Cent Wu1,2, Shuei-Liong Lin2, Shu-Meng Lin3 and Cheng-Chung Fang3 1Department of Internal Medicine, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, 2Department of Internal Medicine and 3Departmentof Emergency Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei,Taiwan drowsy, her blood pressure was 199/60 mmHg and temperature 36.7C. Laboratory data showed haemo-globin 8.1 g/dl, WBC 4900/mm3, with a normaldifferential count and platelets 268 000/mm3. Serum sodium was 147.4 mmol/l, potassium 4.42 mmol/l,ammonia <1 mmol/l, sugar 107 mg/dl, urea 51 mmol/l Baclofen is currently used in the treatment of muscle and creatinine 8.26 mg/dl. The transaminases were spasticity, especially in patients with multiple sclerosis normal. A brain CT scan showed cortical atrophy or in patients with spinal or cerebral disorders.
and leukoaraiosis. Under the diagnosis of baclofen Baclofen is eliminated predominantly by the kidneys intoxication, she received emergency haemodialysis.
, putting patients with impaired renal function at The dialyser had ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer resin particular risk for baclofen accumulation. Several ﬁlters with a surface area of 2.0 m2, and the blood ﬂow investigators have suggested that haemodialyis is rate was at a constant 300 ml/h for 4 h without ultra- effective in the removal of baclofen , however the ﬁltration. There was a complete recovery of conscious- pharmakokinetics of baclofen elimination during ness 8 h later. She received another haemodialysis haemodialysis remains unclear. We herein report session 30 h after admission. The patient was discharged a baclofen-associated encephalopathy, which was from the hospital 72 h later in good condition.
resolved by haemodialysis, and pharmacokinetic datais presented. To our knowledge, this is the ﬁrst reportedcase of baclofen-related encephalopathy with pharma- cokinetic data during haemodialysis treatment.
Serum baclofen concentrations Blood samples were collected immediately after arrival, and at 4 (start of ﬁrst haemodialysis), 5, 6, 7, 8 (end ofﬁrst haemodialysis), 30 (start of second haemodialysis), A 70-year-old woman with end-stage renal disease 32 and 34 h (the end of second haemodialysis) there- (ESRD) was treated by haemodialysis regularly for 14 after. Samples of serum were prepared according to the years. She was anuric and received adequate haemo- methods published in previous reports with minor dialysis at Kt/V 1.95. She presented with left leg modiﬁcations . In brief, serum samples (1 ml) were soreness and was given 5 mg of oral baclofen three prepared by adding 200 ml of the internal standard times daily from the local clinic, receiving a cumulative [1 mg/ml of 3-amino-3-(4-chlorophenyl)-propionic acid] dose of 45 mg in 3 days. The patient became disor- and 20 ml of 85% ortho-phosphoric acid and then were iented, in a state of confusion and was referred to our loaded into Oasis HLB SPE columns (Waters) for hospital for evaluation. At admission, she was found extraction. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometryanalysis was performed on an Agilent 5890 gaschromatograph coupled with a 5973 mass selective Correspondence and offprint requests to: Dr Cheng-Chung Fang, detector and a 7683 injector. Quantitative analysis was Departments of Emergency Medicine, National Taiwan University carried out on the Agilent ChemStation. Calibrators Hospital, 7 Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei, Taiwan. Email:[email protected] were baclofen spiked serum samples at concentrations Nephrol Dial Transplant Vol. 20 No. 2 ß ERA–EDTA 2005; all rights reserved V.-C. Wu et al.
subjects, but increases in ESRD, and an accumulationphenomenon can occur . Baclofen is moderatelylipophilic, 30% of the drug is protein bound, and canpenetrate the blood–brain barrier, entering the centralnervous Concentrations of baclofen in cerebral spinal ﬂuid(CSF) have been described to be 8.4 times lower thanthose simultaneously present in plasma . It has avolume of distribution of 0.83 l/kg in adult  and2.58 l/kg in children .
The therapeutic range of baclofen is 80–400 ng/ml in normal subjects , but the appropriate serum levelof baclofen in patients with severely impaired renalfunction remains unclear. Several authors have sug- Fig. 1. Changes of serum baclofen levels with time. (A) gested that patients with renal failure are more The ﬁrst haemodialysis session. (B) second haemo- susceptible to baclofen toxicity . This may explain dialysis session.
why our patient was comatose, although her plasmabaclofen concentrations were all within the therapeutic of 25, 50, 200 and 500 ng/ml. The serial serum range of normal subjects.
concentrations of baclofen after admission are shown Several observations of baclofen-associated encepha- in Figure 1.
lopathy have been reported in patients with ESRD .
Patients with severely impaired renal function generallydevelop baclofen intoxication soon after the initiation of therapy . Altered consciousness has been the During dialysis, solute elimination occurs via the ﬁrst- major manifestation in patients with severely impaired order kinetic process . The distribution of a drug in a renal function. Other symptoms, such as respiratory dialysed, renal failure patient can be expressed by a depression muscular hypotonia and generalized hypor- one-compartment model . As a result, baclofen eﬂexia have been observed in patients of baclofen plasma concentration (C) vs time proﬁle may be intoxication with normal renal function . Most described with the following equation: ESRD patients experienced marked improvement inclinical toxicity following haemodialysis, compared with patients who did not receive haemodialysis .
We measured the changes of baclofen serum concen- tration during haemodialysis and found that the serum Ke ¼ the total elimination rate constant; and t ¼ time baclofen eliminated up to 79% during the 4 h of the after admission.
haemodialysis session. Haemodialysis shortened the Furthermore, during dialysis, the total elimination baclofen half-life from 15.5 to 2.06 h in this patient.
constant rate (Ke) equals the non-renal removal rate Therefore, it is reasonable to suggest that haemodia- constant (Knr), plus the renal removal rate constant lysis should be used as a treatment modality in cases (Kr), plus the dialysis removal rate constant (Kd). Kr of baclofen intoxication with renal failure.
equals zero in this anuria patient, and Knr can be According to a previous report, patient conscious- calculated from the two samples collected before ness improved with several hours time lag after haemodialysis. Therefore, the Kd can be calculated by haemodialysis . This delay may be due to the the given Ke and Knr. The pharmacokinetic data of redistribution of baclofen in crossing the blood–brain baclofen in this patient are Ke ¼ 0.336/h, Knr ¼ 0.045/h barrier . This may explain longer central nervous and Kd ¼ 0.291/h; while the data of total elimination system depression despite reductions in serum drug half-life (t1/2) during haemodialysis is 2.06 h, 15.5 h for concentrations to negligible amounts. The conscious- non-renal t1/2.
ness improved after just one session of haemodialysis inthis patient, which was different from previous reportswhere two or more sessions were necessary . Because there were no serum levels and other pharmacokineticdata in previous reports , it is difﬁcult to compare the Baclofen is a b-( p-chlorophenyl) derivative of the effectiveness of haemodialysis in this report. In our neurotransmitter g-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This patient, early diagnosis, early start of haemodialysis centrally acting GABA agonist is prescribed as therapy and lower serum concentrations of baclofen may have for spasticity in the spinal cord region. Ingested resulted in the difference. The larger surface area of our baclofen is absorbed rapidly and completely, thereafter artiﬁcial kidney may be another possible cause.
69–85% are excreted without changes in urine and 15% In conclusion, it is necessary to reduce baclofen are metabolized by the liver to its inactive deaminated dosage in patients with renal disease and especially in ESRD patients. Haemodialysis is an appropriate [1,5]. The half-life is between 4.5 and 6.8 h in healthy treatment of baclofen intoxication in ESRD patients.
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