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Evaluation of Subcutaneous Desferrioxamine as Treatment for Transfusional Hemochromatosis

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00000595
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 28, 1999
Last Update Posted : November 26, 2013
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE October 27, 1999
First Posted Date  ICMJE October 28, 1999
Last Update Posted Date November 26, 2013
Study Start Date  ICMJE January 1978
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Change History
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Not Provided
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Evaluation of Subcutaneous Desferrioxamine as Treatment for Transfusional Hemochromatosis
Official Title  ICMJE Not Provided
Brief Summary To determine whether deferoxamine prevented the complications of transfusional iron overload.
Detailed Description


The prognosis of congenital or long-term anemia was formerly limited by the complications of blood transfusion, splenectomy, or infection, problems now largely overcome by sophisticated clinical care. Lifespan is now determined by the rate of myocardial iron deposition, with death occurring from cardiac failure or arrhythmia, usually between the ages of 15 and 25. Endocrine complications and hepatic enlargement are also evident by this age. Deferoxamine increases urinary iron excretion and is the only chelator currently available for chronic administration. Daily administration of deferoxamine results in negative iron balance in most patients by the age of 10; this study was designed to determine whether the onset of cardiac complications was delayed and life prolonged by iron removal.

This trial began in 1978. Its forerunner was a study involving both deferoxamine and ascorbic acid. Although ascorbic acid promotes iron removal, its administration was followed by cardiac deterioration in several patients. In this study, patients receiving subcutaneous deferoxamine were randomized to receive either ascorbic acid or placebo, thereby providing a controlled test of this agent in treatment of iron overload. Sixty-five patients with homozygous beta-thalassemia participated in the long-term chelation trial. Of these, 49 were randomized to the ascorbic acid trial.

Several noninvasive techniques have been developed to evaluate organ function in iron-overloaded patients, thereby facilitating the assessment of chelation therapy. These techniques included chest x-rays, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and 24-hour Holter monitoring to assess cardiac function. Liver function was evaluated by standard liver function tests, CAT scan, and live biopsy. During the last six years of the study, hepatic iron stores were measured magnetically with a dual channel superconducting quantum-interference susceptomer. Endocrine function was also assessed by standard tests.


All patients received subcutaneous deferoxamine and iron removal was determined by measurement of serum ferritin and periodic non-invasive measurements of liver iron concentration. Clinical status was evaluated by non-invasive testing of cardiac and endocrine function.

The study completion date listed in this record was inferred from the last publication listed in the Citations section of this study record.

Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Phase 2
Study Design  ICMJE Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE
  • Anemia (Iron-Loading)
  • Beta-Thalassemia
  • Hematologic Diseases
  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Thalassemia
  • Iron Overload
  • Hemochromatosis
Intervention  ICMJE Drug: deferoxamine
Study Arms  ICMJE Not Provided
Publications *

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Enrollment  ICMJE Not Provided
Original Enrollment  ICMJE Not Provided
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE September 1994
Primary Completion Date Not Provided
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE Males and females, 5 years or older, with transfusional hemochromatosis.
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 5 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE Not Provided
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT00000595
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE 401
Has Data Monitoring Committee Not Provided
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Current Responsible Party Not Provided
Original Responsible Party Same as current
Current Study Sponsor  ICMJE National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Original Study Sponsor  ICMJE Same as current
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Investigator: Neal Young Laboratory of Hematology, NHLBI
PRS Account National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Verification Date May 2000

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