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Diagnostic Study of Quantitative Imaging and Spectroscopy in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified March 2009 by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : July 6, 2000
Last Update Posted : March 12, 2009
University of Pennsylvania
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Office of Rare Diseases (ORD)

Brief Summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine by quantitative magnetic resonance imaging measurements the change in the total volume of brain parenchyma as well as its gray and white matter, T2 and enhanced T1 lesion volume, and the magnetization transfer ratio histogram parameters, and correlate these measurements with clinical measures of disability in patients with multiple sclerosis.

II. Measure the quantity of whole brain N-acetylaspartate in patients with multiple sclerosis and compare these values to those from age matched controls.

III. Determine the correlation between specific neuropsychological tests which assess global cognitive functioning and the quantitative measurements taken in these patients in this study.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Multiple Sclerosis Drug: standard gadolinium contrast

Detailed Description:


Patients undergo magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy with standard gadolinium contrast followed by neuropsychological testing every 6 months for 5 years. An equal number of age and sex matched healthy patients act as a control group and undergo magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy without standard gadolinium contrast every 6 months for 5 years.

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Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 100 participants
Study Start Date : April 1999

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes


--Disease Characteristics--

  • Diagnosis of multiple sclerosis Relapsing-remitting defined as 2 exacerbations and a worsening of neurologic function over 1 day followed by at least 30 days of no progression OR Secondary-progressive defined as increase of at least 1.0 unit on Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) in past 2 years with or without exacerbations

--Prior/Concurrent Therapy--

  • Biologic therapy: Prior interferon beta 1A, 1B, or glatiramer acetate No concurrent interferon beta 1A, 1B, or glatiramer acetate
  • Endocrine therapy: Concurrent oral and IV corticosteroids allowed

--Patient Characteristics--

  • Performance status: EDSS no greater than 7.0
  • Hematopoietic: No hematologic dysfunction including hemolytic anemia
  • Hepatic: No hepatic dysfunction
  • Renal: No renal dysfunction
  • Cardiovascular: No cardiac pacemaker
  • Other: Not pregnant or nursing Negative pregnancy test No intracranial clips, metal implants, or external clips within 10 mm of head No metal in eyes No known gadolinium texaphyrin allergy No known claustrophobia

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00006060

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Contact: Robert I. Grossman, MD 212-263-3269

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United States, New York
New York University Medical Center Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10016
Contact: Lois J. Mannon, BSRT, (MR) (R) CCRC    212-263-3783   
Principal Investigator: Robert I. Grossman, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
University of Pennsylvania
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Study Chair: Robert I. Grossman, MD New York University

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00006060    
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/15245
First Posted: July 6, 2000    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 12, 2009
Last Verified: March 2009
Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
multiple sclerosis
neurologic and psychiatric disorders
rare disease
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Multiple Sclerosis
Pathologic Processes
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases