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Convection-Enhanced Delivery of Glucocerebrosidase to Treat Type 2 Gaucher Disease

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00244582
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 26, 2005
Last Update Posted : July 2, 2017
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

This study will use an experimental method of delivering the enzyme glucocerebrosidase directly into the brain of a patient with Gaucher disease to treat disease symptoms. Patients with Gaucher disease have insufficient levels of glucocerebrosidase. As a result, substances normally broken down by this enzyme accumulate in the body, causing damage to the brain and other organs. Symptoms of Gaucher disease outside the brain can be treated by infusing the missing enzyme intravenously (IV, through a vein). However, IV infusions do not help the neurologic symptoms of the disease, because the enzyme cannot get into the brain. This study will use a new technique called convection-enhanced delivery to try to introduce glucocerebrosidase directly into the brain.

This single-patient study includes an 8-month-old male with Type 2 Gaucher disease with progressive neurological decline.

In preparation for the enzyme infusion, the patient will have a complete physical examination, including a detailed neurological examination, and blood and urine tests. On the day of surgery, the child will be placed under general anesthesia for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain. MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of body tissues and organs. For this procedure, the child lies on a table that is moved into the scanner (a narrow cylinder), wearing earplugs to protect his hearing from the loud knocking and thumping sounds that occur during the scanning process. He will then be brought to the operating room for the infusion procedure, as follows:

An incision will be made in the scalp and a small hole drilled through the skull. Then, a small tube (cannula) will be positioned through the hole into the target area in the brain. Once the tip of the cannula is in place, it will be connected with tubing to a syringe filled with glucocerebrosidase in saline (salt water). The child will then have a second MRI scan to make sure the cannula is placed correctly and to monitor delivery of the glucocerebrosidase to the brain. The child will be monitored closely with MRI scans every 30 to 60 minutes during the infusion to look for fluid in the brain and determine the extent of the enzyme perfusion. The infusion will last no longer than 6 hours and will be stopped when the full dose of enzyme has been delivered. The cannula will be removed and the scalp incision closed. The child will stay in the hospital for observation from 4 to 10 days, with at least 24 hours in the intensive care unit and 3 to 7 days in the pediatric unit.

The child will be seen in the clinic two weeks after discharge and then once a month for 3 months to evaluate any possible effects of the surgery. These follow-up visits include a repeat MRI scan and neurological examination. After the first 3 months, visits may be less frequent.

If the child continues to have symptoms during the course of follow-up or his neurologic status worsens, additional enzyme infusions will be offered, possibly including treatment of the brainstem. If the child gains no benefit after three infusions have been performed, no additional infusions will be offered. If there appears to be any neurological benefit, additional infusions may be offered.

Condition or disease
Type 2 Gaucher Disease

Detailed Description:

Objective. To overcome the previous delivery limitations and to provide enzyme to the deficient sites in the central nervous system (CNS) of a Type 2 Gaucher disease patient, we will investigate the use of convection-enhanced delivery (CED) to perfuse specific sites within the CNS with glucocerebrosidase in an effort to ameliorate that patient's neurologic symptomatology and prolong his life.

Study population. This is a single patient study that includes a male infant (8 months of age) with Type 2 Gaucher disease that has been diagnosed by clinical, laboratory and genetic testing. The natural history of acute neuronopathic (Type 2) Gaucher disease is progressive neurological decline that is rapidly fatal.

Design. We propose using CED of glucocerebrosidase to the CNS to treat the neurologic signs and symptoms in this Type 2 Gaucher patient. Regions of infusion within the CNS will be targeted based on neurologic findings.

Outcome measures. Detailed clinical and neurologic examinations will be performed pre- (3 days before infusion) and post-infusion (1, 14, 30, and 90 days after infusion then every 3 months until study completion) to determine stabilization or improvement in neurologic signs and symptoms. Survival will also be used to determine the efficacy of this treatment.

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Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 1 participants
Official Title: Direct Convection-Enhanced Delivery of Glucocerebrosidase for the Treatment of Type 2 (Acute Neuronopathic) Gaucher Disease
Study Start Date : October 22, 2005
Study Completion Date : November 3, 2006

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 5 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

The patient is eligible because he has Type 2 Gaucher disease.


The patient may not be eligible to receive CED of glucocerebrosidase if he:

  1. Is not healthy enough to undergo surgery or general anesthesia.
  2. Has an uncorrectable bleeding disorder.
  3. Is not able to undergo magnetic resonance (MR)-imaging.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00244582

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United States, Maryland
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00244582    
Other Study ID Numbers: 060007
First Posted: October 26, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 2, 2017
Last Verified: November 3, 2006
Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Central Nervous System
Enzyme Replacement Therapy
Gaucher Disease
Neuronopathic Gaucher Disease
Type 2 Gaucher Disease
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Gaucher Disease
Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Nervous System
Brain Diseases, Metabolic, Inborn
Brain Diseases, Metabolic
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Lipid Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Lysosomal Storage Diseases
Metabolic Diseases
Lipid Metabolism Disorders