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Immune Responses to Antigens in Non-infectious Eye Inflammatory Diseases

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2014 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Eye Institute (NEI) )
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00357071
First received: July 26, 2006
Last updated: November 11, 2014
Last verified: August 2014

July 26, 2006
November 11, 2014
April 2003
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Immune Responses to Antigens in Non-infectious Eye Inflammatory Diseases
Evaluation of Immune Responses to Different Antigens in Non Infectious Ocular Inflammatory Diseases

This study will collect blood samples from patients with non-infectious eye inflammatory diseases a spectrum of eye disorders that can produce sight-threatening vision loss. The blood will be analyzed for substances that may provide a better understanding of the nature of these disorders, possibly leading to improved treatments. Treatment is not offered under this protocol.

Patients 6 years of age and older with an eye inflammatory disease, including non-infectious uveitis, ocular cicatricial pemphigoid, non-infectious scleritis, episcleritis, Stevens Johnson syndrome, Moorens ulcer, peripheral ulcerative keratitis and keratoconjunctivitis sicca, may be eligible for this study. Patients may or may not currently be participating in a treatment trial.

Participants will have blood drawn through a needle in an arm vein. More samples may be collected if patients enrolled in another study are scheduled for additional visits. No more than 4 teaspoonfuls of blood will be collected at any one time.

Ocular inflammatory diseases can lead to visual loss in adults as well as in children. These conditions are usually characterized by repeated exacerbations and remissions. The underlying cause of majority of these conditions is not clear even though an autoimmune mechanism has been implicated. Various studies have reported an altered immunological profile in these patients. An underlying immune mechanism has been thought to be playing a role in at least some of the ocular inflammatory diseases. In addition, evidence from literature also suggests inflammatory disease may be an important mechanism leading to Age related macular degeneration and Diabetic retinopathy, two leading causes for vision loss. However, very little is known about the involvement of immune components in these patients.

This protocol proposes to test for proliferative cell mediated and humoral responses against self-antigens from patients with ocular inflammatory diseases, AMD and diabetic retinopathy. Patients will be recruited from other ongoing protocols. An attempt would be made to find any correlation between the clinical disease and the immunological findings. These findings will not be used for diagnostic nor therapeutic purposes.

Observational
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Eye Diseases
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruiting
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  • INCLUSION CRITERIA:

Participant is 6 years or older.

Adult participant is able to understand and sign the informed consent. If the participant is younger than 18 years of age at enrollment, has a parent or legal guardian who is able to understand and sign the consent on their behalf. Children must provide assent.

Patients must have a diagnosis of an ocular inflammatory disease, AMD or diabetic retinopathy.

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

The presence of non-ocular inflammatory disease.

Unwilling or unable to provide a blood sample.

Both
6 Years and older
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Contact: Patti Sherry, R.N. (301) 435-4529 patti.sherry@nih.gov
Contact: Robert B Nussenblatt, M.D. (301) 496-3123 drbob@nei.nih.gov
United States
 
NCT00357071
030122, 03-EI-0122
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Eye Institute (NEI) )
National Eye Institute (NEI)
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Principal Investigator: Robert B Nussenblatt, M.D. National Eye Institute (NEI)
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
August 2014

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