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Analysis of the Nervous System in Patients With Fabry's Disease

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 4, 1999
Last Update Posted : July 2, 2017
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

Fabry's disease a genetic disorder (X-linked recessive) due to the absence of the enzyme ceramidetrihexosidase. The disease is characterized by abnormal collections of glycolipids in cells (histiocytes) within blood vessel walls, tumors on the thighs, buttocks, and genitalia, decreased sweating, tingling sensations in the extremities, and cataracts. Patients with Fabry 's disease die from complications of the kidney, heart, or brain.

The purpose of this study is to measure levels of a protein marker (PGP 9.5) in the skin, blood, and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord (CSF) in patients with Fabry's disease. In addition the study will attempt to determine if levels of the protein are directly related to the severity of disease in the nervous system.

PGP 9.5 protein levels will be measured in normal volunteers and patients with other diseases of the nervous system then compared to the levels recorded in patients with Fabry's disease.

This research study is designed to improve the understanding of Fabry's disease. Patients participating in it will not directly benefit from it. However, knowledge gained as a result of this study may contribute to the development of effective therapies for Fabry's disease.

Condition or disease
Fabry's Disease

Detailed Description:
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this protocol is to study the natural history of Fabry disease in the different organ systems, understand its pathogenesis, and develop adequate clinical outcome measures for therapy trials. Development of sensitive outcome measures is a prerequisite of enzyme or gene replacement trials in patients with Fabry's disease. STUDY POPULATION: Patients with Fabry disease of all ages. The patients are not foregoing available treatment to participate in this protocol. Experimental treatment is not part of this study. STUDY DESIGN: Patients will typically be seen once a year at NIH. Patients will have comprehensive testing in order to evaluate the state of their health as affected by the Fabry disease. OUTCOME MEASURES: All potential clinically relevant areas will be evaluated comprehensively with a particular emphasis on the vasculopathy and the peripheral neuropathy of Fabry disease.

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Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 325 participants
Official Title: The Natural History and Pathogenesis of Fabry Disease
Study Start Date : May 11, 1995
Study Completion Date : March 3, 2008

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

All patients with Fabry's disease will be considered as potential candidates for this study.


All candidates must be serologically nonreactive for human immunodeficiency (AIDS) virus. HIV positive patients will be excluded because of the effects of the latter illness on the nervous system.

Patients with Fabry's disease will be excluded from participation if they have additional illnesses such as cancer, diabetes or vasculitis that could potentially involve the nervous system.

The general health and well being of each candidate must be sufficient to allow for a modest amount of blood drawing, collection of appropriate laboratory specimens and performance of necessary roentgenograpic and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies. In addition, each candidate must be able to return to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) annually for monitoring of clinical and laboratory parameters.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00001491

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United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

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Other Study ID Numbers: 950121
First Posted: November 4, 1999    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 2, 2017
Last Verified: March 3, 2008

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Ceramidetrihexosidase Deficiency
Sural Nerve Biopsy
Nerve Conduction Studies
Quantitative Sensory Testing
PGP 9.5 Levels (Skin, Serum and CSF)
Fabry Disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Fabry Disease
Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Nervous System
Brain Diseases, Metabolic, Inborn
Brain Diseases, Metabolic
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Cerebral Small Vessel Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Genetic Diseases, X-Linked
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Lipid Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Lysosomal Storage Diseases
Metabolic Diseases
Lipid Metabolism Disorders