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Tilt Table With Suspected Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Subjects (POTS)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 12, 2012
Last Update Posted : April 20, 2017
American Heart Association
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Brief Summary:
Dysautonomia, primarily defined as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) can seriously disrupt a child's daily activities. It is most commonly associated with nausea or abdominal pain. In preliminary studies, when orthostatic intolerance was treated with fludrocortisone, a standard therapy for orthostatic intolerance (OI), symptomatic improvement in nausea was observed. However, children with POTS were also observed to have higher supine mean arterial pressure (MAP) (preliminary data) and greater suppression of the baroreceptor reflex sensitivity (BRS) occurred upon up-right tilt. While fludrocortisone alleviates nausea associated with OI, its long-term use may pose long term health risks to children including worsening hypertension. Therefore, it is the objective of this study to define the mechanism for OI as it relates to nausea. The investigators hypothesize that OI resulting from changes in the autonomic nervous system is the likely mechanism for the nausea observed in the patients in this study. The investigators further hypothesize that this is potentially an early marker for future cardiovascular problems such as early onset hypertension and cardiac hypertrophy. The general objective of this protocol is to address this gap in knowledge by determining the autonomic characteristics of children with OI as well as defining neurohumoral profiles for these subjects to better understand the cause of the elevated supine in these subjects. By better understanding the potential mechanism for this condition, it is the investigators future goal to develop a more focused and safer treatment strategy. The investigators will study subjects between 10 to 18 years of age utilizing the tilt table to mimic daily life stressors and also measure serum levels of epinephrine, norepinephrine, rennin, angiotensin II, aldosterone, and vasopressin at baseline and during tilt. This study will generate data with high impact in that more rational treatments for management of dysautonomia could be chosen on the basis of the profile of dysautonomia and neurohumoral markers.

Condition or disease
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Syncope, Vasovagal Neurocardiogenic Syncope

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 48 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Tilt Table and Autonomic Testing in Suspected POTS Subjects
Actual Study Start Date : March 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 12, 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : February 12, 2014

Normal tilt test
Patients with normal tilt table testing (they may have symptoms which precipitated the tilt, but in the end did not qualify as POTS, NMH, ETC.)
confirmed POTS diagnosis
after review of tilt table results, this group will be the confirmed postural orthostatic tachycardic syndrome group patient
Neurocardiogenic syncope on tilt
This group is comprised of patients with confirmed diagnosis of neurocardiogenic syncope on tilt
Neurally-mediated hypotension
Patients with confirmed diagnosis neurally mediated hypotension

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Autonomic Testing in Suspected POTS Subjects [ Time Frame: Change in autonomic system 15 minute post baseline ]
    We will address the hypothesis that elevated supine MAP accompanies the CV dysautonomia in children presenting with symptoms of POTS.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Heart Rate and Blood Pressure in Suspected POTS Subjects [ Time Frame: Change in Heart rate and blood pressure 15 minutes after baseline ]
    We will identify neurohumoral characteristics for each group to establish the underlying mechanisms for the elevated supine MAP and the dysautonomia in these subjects leading to a more focused approach to treatment.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Children between the ages of 10-21 years whose diagnostic workup for chronic unexplained nausea has unexpectedly revealed underlying cardiovascular instability manifesting as dysautonomia, primary defined as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients 10-21 years of age
  • Must meet Rome III criteria for childhood functional dyspepsia with nausea as the predominant symptom
  • Must complete nausea and anxiety questionnaires
  • Patients from the pediatric cardiac clinic who present with symptoms of unexplained syncope not associated with cardiac anatomic anomalies or other identified cardiac pathology

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with gastrointestinal symptoms due to metabolic, mechanical or mucosal inflammation, including a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, liver or pancreatic disease, hiatal hernia, or bowel obstruction.
  • Patients who are incapable or unwilling to discontinue medications affecting autonomic function.
  • Patients with significant cardiac or cardiovascular disease, malignancy, or other co-morbid conditions precluding successful completion of a 45 minute tilt test.
  • Patients with diabetes.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01617616

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United States, North Carolina
Wake Forest University Baptist Health Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27157
Sponsors and Collaborators
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
American Heart Association
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Principal Investigator: John E Fortunato, MD Wake Forest University Baptist Health Center

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Responsible Party: Wake Forest University Health Sciences Identifier: NCT01617616     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WFUBAHA01
First Posted: June 12, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 20, 2017
Last Verified: April 2017

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
Syncope, Vasovagal
Pathologic Processes
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cardiac Conduction System Disease
Consciousness Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Orthostatic Intolerance
Primary Dysautonomias
Autonomic Nervous System Diseases