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Liver Fibrosis in Sickle Cell Disease

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Verified December 2013 by University of Miami
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ofelia Alvarez, University of Miami Identifier:
First received: December 6, 2013
Last updated: December 11, 2013
Last verified: December 2013

Patients with sickle cell disease many have a number of systemic complications, including liver problems. Some of these liver problems lead to liver fibrosis/cirrhosis, secondary to chronic blood transfusions. The purpose of this study is to investigate FibroScan readings in patients with sickle cell disease and iron overload secondary to blood transfusions, and to correlate the FibroScan results with MRI R2*. The primary hypothesis is that the results of FibroScan will correlate with the results of the abdominal MRI R2*.

Condition Intervention
Sickle Cell Disease
Other: Liver transient elastography
Other: magnetic resonance imaging R2*

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Assessment of Liver Fibrosis in Patients With Sickle Cell Disease

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Further study details as provided by University of Miami:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Liver transient elastography (FibroScan) of liver iron content and stiffness [ Time Frame: at imaging visit (3 minutes) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Liver transient elastography (FibroScan) uses a probe consisting of an ultrasound transducer located at the end of a vibrating piston. The piston produces a vibration of low amplitude and frequency, which generate a shear wave that passes through the skin and liver tissue. The ultrasound then detects the propagation of the shear wave through the liver (at a depth of 25 - 65 mm below the skin surface) by measuring its velocity. The shear wave velocity is directly related to the tissue stiffness, with a higher velocity equating to higher tissue stiffness, corresponding to increasing severity of fibrosis.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measure of liver iron content and stiffness [ Time Frame: at imaging visit (about 30-60 minutes) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • liver function tests (ALT, AST, serum alkaline phosphate, GGTP, total bilirubin, direct bilirubin), complete blood count, platelets, reticulocyte count, serum ferritin to assess liver function and evaluate overall health [ Time Frame: at clinic visit blood draw (about 1 minute) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: July 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patients will have blood tests done to evaluate liver function and general health, then have FibroScan and MRI R2* abdomen. A blinded (no access to laboratory parameters or available data) radiologist will interpret the abdominal MRI R2*. The technician obtaining the FibroScan will be blinded (no access to laboratory parameters or available data). Please note that scan results should not be affected by technician's knowledge of the subject's history because liver stiffness and iron content are values reported by the FibroScan machine or are derived from pre-established formulas (R2*).
Other: Liver transient elastography
Other Name: FibroScan
Other: magnetic resonance imaging R2*
Other Name: MRI R2*

Detailed Description:

Liver biopsy is the gold standard to examine the liver for iron deposits and histology. However, liver biopsy is invasive and involves a risk of bleeding and pain. Biopsy may also miss significant pathology if the small biopsy specimen is taken from an uninvolved part of the liver. Non-invasive techniques such as MRI are now used to evaluate the liver iron content. MRI can visualize the whole liver and measure liver iron content. MRI, however, will not detect liver scarring.

Liver transient elastography (FibroScan) is a non-invasive tool for assessing liver fibrosis or scarring by measuring liver stiffness (LSM). Compared with liver biopsy, FibroScan provides immediate results and is a painless, short (3 mins), simple procedure to perform. In some studies FibroScan reports have correlated well with liver biopsy results of fibrosis and cirrhosis, and with MRI T2*, ferritin and liver function tests.

This purpose of this study is to investigate the role of FibroScan in individuals with sickle cell anemia and iron overload or who have a diagnosis of liver disease, and to compare FibroScan readings with magnetic resonance imaging.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

30 subjects with sickle cell disease


Inclusion Criteria:

  • pediatric patients age 16 years and older with sickle cell disease
  • meeting other criteria:

    1. history of chronic transfusion and iron overload and/or
    2. known liver disease
  • signed consent and assent (as applicable)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • children younger than 16 years
  • unable to have a liver MRI done because need sedation or other reason
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02007746

Contact: Ofelia Alvarez, MD 305.243.0846

United States, Florida
University of Miami Recruiting
Miami, Florida, United States, 33136
Contact: Ofelia Alvarez, MD    305-243-0846   
Sub-Investigator: Gaurav Saigal, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Eugene Schiff, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Miami
Principal Investigator: Ofelia Alvarez, MD University of Miami - Director Sickle Cell Services Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ofelia Alvarez, Director, Sickle Cell Disease Center, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Miami Identifier: NCT02007746     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20120222
Study First Received: December 6, 2013
Last Updated: December 11, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by University of Miami:
sickle cell disease
liver fibrosis
liver cirrhosis
liver iron

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anemia, Sickle Cell
Liver Cirrhosis
Anemia, Hemolytic, Congenital
Anemia, Hemolytic
Hematologic Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Pathologic Processes
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases processed this record on August 28, 2014