COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC:

Get the latest research information from NIH: Menu

Chromoscopic Guided Endomicroscpy to Diagnose Colitis Associated Dysplasia

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00352404
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 14, 2006
Last Update Posted : July 14, 2006
Information provided by:
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Brief Summary:

Timely diagnosis of intraepithelial neoplasias (premalignant condition)is of crucial importance for clinical management of ulcerative colitis. We assessed the value of combined chromoscopy and endomicroscopy for diagnosis of intraepithelial neoplasias in a randomised controlled trial.

Endomicroscopy is a new device which enables microscopy of the mucosal layer during ongoing colonoscopy. Chromoscopy means topical staining of mucosal surface to unmask areas of interest, which are subsequently examined with the endomicroscopic system.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Ulcerative Colitis Intraepithelial Neoplasia Cancer Device: Endomicroscope Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an immune cell-mediated inflammatory bowel disease characterized by mucosal ulcerations, rectal bleeding, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Patients with long standing UC face an increased risk for development of colitis associated colorectal cancer. Factors associated with increased risk for cancer development include the duration of the disease, extensive colonic involvement (pancolitis, backwash ileitis), primary sclerosing cholangitis and severe chronic active inflammation. Based on these observations, colonoscopic surveillance in patients with long-standing UC is highly recommended.

The main objective of surveillance colonoscopy in UC is to detect neoplasia at a surgically curative and preferably pre-invasive stage. However, in contrast to sporadic colorectal cancer, the growing pattern of neoplastic tissue in UC is often flat and multifocal. Therefore, significant lesions during conventional colonoscopy in UC are frequently overlooked. Chromoscopy with topically applied dyes such as methylene blue or indigo carmine facilitates the endoscopic detection of flat, circumscribed colitis associated neoplastic changes in UC. In fact, five controlled studies showed that the diagnostic yield for the detection of intraepithelial neoplasia (IN) using chromoscopy is higher as compared to conventional colonoscopy with random biopsies. Based on the above studies, chromoscopy has recently been considered for incorporation into US guidelines for surveillance of patients with long-standing UC. However, although this technique does allow identification of mucosal lesions, it is not suitable for accurate endoscopic diagnosis of intraepithelial neoplasias in UC due to the lack of cellular resolution and subsurface imaging. For endoscopy, novel techniques allowing accurate diagnoses during ongoing examination are highly desirable and may allow appropriate and immediate therapeutic manoeuvres (e.g. resection versus biopsy). Recently, a miniaturized confocal microscope has been developed integrated in the distal tip of a conventional colonoscope . This new diagnostic technology for gastrointestinal endoscopy, denoted confocal endomicroscopy, enables histological evaluation of the mucosal layer during ongoing colonoscopy. Furthermore, in patients screened for sporadic colorectal cancer, surface and subsurface analysis at cellular and subcellular resolution can be used to predict intraepithelial neoplasias (INs) with high accuracy. However, due to the time required for examination of large surface areas, this technique is not suitable for screening of the entire colonic surface in UC to detect neoplasias in flat mucosa.

In the present study, we employ chromoscopy to identify potential neoplastic lesions and combine this for the first time with endomicroscopy for the endoscopic diagnosis of colitis associated intraepithelial neoplasias in UC. Using such chromoscopy guided endomicroscopy we will ecaluate whether the diagnostic yield diagnosing IN can be significantly increased.

Layout table for study information
Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 114 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Diagnosis of Intraepithelial Neoplasia in Patients With Long Standing Ulcerative Colitis With Chromoscopic Guided Endomicroscopy
Study Start Date : August 2003
Study Completion Date : November 2004

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Histological proof of neoplastic tissue (Intraepithelial neoplasia or cancer)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Prediction of extent and severity of inflamed mucosa

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

Layout table for eligibility information
Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinically and histologically verified UC
  • Disease duration >8 years
  • Colitis Activity Index ≤8
  • Activity index of Truelove and Witts: mild

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known intraepithelial neoplasia or colorectal cancer
  • Coagulopathy (Prothrombin time <50% of control, Partial thromboplastin time >50 s)
  • Impaired renal function (Creatinine >1.2 mg/dL)
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding
  • Inability to obtain informed consent
  • Known allergy to methylene blue or Fluorescein

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00352404

Layout table for location information
I. Med. Klinik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet
Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, 55131
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Layout table for investigator information
Study Director: Peter R. Galle, MD PhD Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany
Additional Information:
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00352404    
Other Study ID Numbers: DE 000043385
First Posted: July 14, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 14, 2006
Last Verified: August 2003
Keywords provided by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz:
Ulcerative Colitis
Intraepithelial Neoplasia
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Layout table for MeSH terms
Carcinoma in Situ
Colitis, Ulcerative
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type