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Characterizing Knee Pain and Response to Surgery Using Local Biomarkers

2014-08-27 03:19:56 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The diagnosis and monitoring of clinically-significant pathologies of the knee remains challenging, and it is unknown why only some injuries become painful or respond to surgical intervention. The limitations of diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging result in arthroscopy that is not always beneficial. Elucidation of biochemical pathways underlying pain in this condition may aid patient selection for surgery and provide pharmacotherapeutic targets. Cytokines or a novel yet uncharacterized protein may be involved in pain following meniscus injury and diagnostic cytokine assay may help physicians differentiate patients that may benefit from arthroscopy from those that may not. Additionally, evaluating post-operative biochemical profiles may provide a method of monitoring surgical outcome and understanding post-operative continuation or remission of pain.

Description

Lavage of the operative and contralateral knee for comparison are performed under anesthesia prior to arthroscopy by the infusion of 10cc sterile saline into the knee joint followed by the immediate withdrawal into the syringe, and storage at -80°C in a tube containing a protease inhibitor. At 12wk post-operative a 10cc lavage is performed on the knee that underwent surgery. Clinical findings for each sample are quantified using gold-standard symptom severity questionnaires.

The specimens will be analyzed for 31 potential biomarkers using a multiplexed immunoassay panel, the results of which will be compared with pre- and post-operative clinical findings and radiographic imaging. Plans do not currently include microarray analysis, but this may be later included.

Study Design

Observational Model: Case Control, Time Perspective: Prospective

Conditions

Inflammation

Location

Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford
California
United States
94305

Status

Recruiting

Source

Stanford University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:19:56-0400

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