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Hippocampal Complex Volume and Memory Dysfunction in Cushing's Syndrome

2014-07-23 21:56:51 | BioPortfolio

Summary

OBJECTIVES: I. Evaluate whether chronic hypercortisolemia is specifically toxic to hippocampal cells and causes structural reduction of hippocampal volume in patients with Cushing's syndrome.

II. Determine whether reduced hippocampal volume is associated with specific memory dysfunction.

III. Examine the relationships of adrenal androgen to hippocampal volume and memory dysfunction.

IV. Examine the reversibility of hippocampal structural changes and cognitive dysfunction after cortisol levels are normalized.

Description

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: Patients undergo a psychiatric evaluation for mood and cognition during confirmation of diagnosis. Neuropsychologic exams include pencil and paper test and a cognitive assessment.

Endocrine studies include dexamethasone and corticotropin-releasing hormone stimulation tests. The hippocampal complex volume is assessed with coronal magnetic resonance imaging.

There is a follow-up 1 year after the initiation of treatment.

Study Design

Primary Purpose: Screening

Conditions

Cushing's Syndrome

Location

University of Michigan Health Systems
Ann Arbor
Michigan
United States
48109

Status

Completed

Source

National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:56:51-0400

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