Prevention of Cerebral Infarction in Sickle Cell Anemia - Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center
To conduct a prospective study aimed at the early detection and treatment of cerebral vascular disease prior to irreversible brain injury in young children with sickle cell anemia (SCA).
Cerebral infarction is a major contributor to childhood morbidity and mortality in sickle cell anemia (SCA)
The investigators tested the hypotheses that young children with SCA experienced a variable period of asymptomatic progressive central nervous system (CNS) vasculopathy prior to cerebral infarction; that pre-infarct CNS vasculopathy could be identified by non-invasive imaging techniques:MRI, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), and transcranial Doppler (TCD); and that therapeutic intervention at this stage of the disease could significantly reduce the subsequent occurrence of cerebral infarction. MRI, MRA, TCD, and standardized neurologic and psychometric examinations were performed yearly in a cohort of homozygous Hb SS children enrolled at 2-4 years of age. Subjects without MRI evidence of cerebral infarction who had significant cerebral vasculopathy (cerebral arterial stenosis on MRA and/or elevated blood flow velocity on TCD) were randomized to receive either no therapy or chronic transfusion therapy, in order to determine the risk of subsequent cerebral infarction in untreated subjects with these abnormalities, and the extent to which transfusion therapy could significantly reduce the risk. Subjects with evidence of prior cerebral infarction on MRI, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, were randomized to receive either chronic transfusion therapy alone ('standard therapy') or chronic transfusion therapy plus ticlopidine, in order to determine whether ticlopidine could significantly increase the efficacy of standard therapy in preventing recurrent cerebral infarction in SCA. Subjects with prior cerebral infarction were also offered the option of bone marrow transplantation if an HLA-identical non-SS sibling donor was available.
Observational Model: Natural History, Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Anemia, Sickle Cell
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00005327
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
An abnormal hemoglobin resulting from the substitution of valine for glutamic acid at position 6 of the beta chain of the globin moiety. The heterozygous state results in sickle cell trait, the homozygous in sickle cell anemia.
Hemoglobin Sc Disease
One of the sickle cell disorders characterized by the presence of both hemoglobin S and hemoglobin C. It is similar to, but less severe than sickle cell anemia.
Anemia, Sickle Cell
A disease characterized by chronic hemolytic anemia, episodic painful crises, and pathologic involvement of many organs. It is the clinical expression of homozygosity for hemoglobin S.
An acute purulent infection of the meninges and subarachnoid space caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, most prevalent in children and adults over the age of 60. This illness may be associated with OTITIS MEDIA; MASTOIDITIS; SINUSITIS; RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS; sickle cell disease (ANEMIA, SICKLE CELL); skull fractures; and other disorders. Clinical manifestations include FEVER; HEADACHE; neck stiffness; and somnolence followed by SEIZURES; focal neurologic deficits (notably DEAFNESS); and COMA. (From Miller et al., Merritt's Textbook of Neurology, 9th ed, p111)
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