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Evaluating Progression of and Diagnostic Tools for Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia in Children and Adolescents

2014-07-23 21:29:55 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Mucociliary clearance, in which mucus secretions are cleared from the breathing airways, is the primary defense mechanism for the lungs. Inhaled particles, including microbes that can cause infections, are normally entrapped in mucus on the airway surfaces and then cleared out by the coordinated action of tiny hair-like structures called cilia. Individuals with primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) have defective mucociliary clearance, which in turn leads to lung infections and disease. The purpose of this study is to determine how lung disease progresses over time in children and adolescents with PCD.

Description

PCD is a rare genetic disorder in which impaired mucus clearance commonly results in chronic cough and infections in the airways, sinuses, and middle ears. Long lasting airway infection ultimately leads to structural damage to the airways, known as bronchiectasis, and, in turn, loss of lung function. While PCD shares some similarities with the disease cystic fibrosis, it is important to distinguish PCD from cystic fibrosis. In particular, the age of onset and progression of PCD's clinical lung disease, including timing of specific microbial pathogen infections and bronchiectasis, remain poorly defined. The purpose of this study is to determine how lung disease progresses over time in children and adolescents with PCD. Specific attention will be directed toward determining whether certain factors play a role in lung disease progression. The study will also evaluate diagnostic tools and quality of life among individuals with PCD. Filling these gaps of knowledge may help to improve the clinical management of PCD in the future.

This longitudinal study will last 5 years. There will be a total of 5 study visits, and these visits will occur yearly. Each study visit will last 3 to 4 hours. All study visits will include a medical history review; physical exam; height, weight, and vital sign measurements; sampling of respiratory fluids and mucus; lung function tests; and questionnaires. The initial visit may also include using a probe to measure nasal nitric oxide levels and blood collection for genetic testing. Study visits 1, 3, and 5 will also include blood collection for pregnancy testing and a high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scan of the chest to image the lungs. At the end of each month, participants will report any use of oral, inhaled, or intravenous antibiotics.

Study Design

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Conditions

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

Location

Stanford University
Palo Alto
California
United States
94304

Status

Active, not recruiting

Source

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:29:55-0400

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