Aspergillus-specific PCR Assay in Cerebrospinal Fluid Samples for Detection of Central Nervous System Aspergillosis

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 2014 by Heidelberg University
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dieter Buchheidt, University of Heidelberg
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01617759
First received: June 8, 2012
Last updated: March 27, 2014
Last verified: March 2014
  Purpose

Central nervous system (CNS) invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a fatal complication in immunocompromised patients. Confirming the diagnosis is rarely accomplished as invasive procedures are hampered by neutropenia and low platelet count. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cultures or galactomannan (GM) regularly yield negative results thus suggesting the need for improving diagnostics. Therefore the performance of an established Aspergillus-specific nested PCR in CSF samples of immunocompromised patients with suspicion of CNS IA will be evaluated.


Condition
Aspergillosis
Infection in an Immunocompromised Host

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Diagnostic Study on the Performance of an Aspergillus-specific Nested PCR Assay in Cerebrospinal Fluid Samples of Immunocompromised Patients for Detection of Central Nervous System Aspergillosis

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Further study details as provided by Heidelberg University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Test sensititivity [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

fungal DNA from CSF samples


Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: September 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Central nervous system (CNS) invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a fatal complication in immunocompromised patients with hematological malignancies. Confirming the diagnosis is rarely accomplished as invasive procedures are impaired by neutropenia and low platelet count. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cultures or galactomannan (GM) regularly yield negative results thus suggesting the need for improving diagnostic tools. Therefore the performance of an established Aspergillus-specific nested PCR assay in CSF samples of immunocompromised patients with suspicion of CNS IA will be evaluated.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Immunocompromised individuals

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Immunocompromised patients with suspected CNS infection, especially cerebral aspergillosis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • proven CNS infections caused by pathogens other than Aspergillus
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01617759

Locations
Germany
Mannheim University Hospital Recruiting
Mannheim, Germany, 68167
Contact: Dieter Buchheidt, MD    +49.621.383.4115    dieter.buchheidt@umm.de   
Contact: Mark Reinwald, MD    +49.621.383.4115    mark.reinwald@umm.de   
Principal Investigator: Dieter Buchheidt, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Mark Reinwald, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Heidelberg University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Dieter Buchheidt, MD Mannheim University Hospital, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Dieter Buchheidt, Senior Lecturer, University of Heidelberg
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01617759     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Asp-PCR-CSF
Study First Received: June 8, 2012
Last Updated: March 27, 2014
Health Authority: Germany: Ministry of Health

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Aspergillosis
Hyalohyphomycosis
Dermatomycoses
Skin Diseases, Infectious
Infection
Mycoses
Skin Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 01, 2014