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Exposure to Neurotoxins as Risk Factors for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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: NCT00339976
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 21, 2006
Last Update Posted : July 2, 2017
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:
This study is a follow-up to an earlier study that examined the relationship of This study will examine whether exposure to neurotoxins, such as lead, mercury, solvents, and pesticides, can contribute to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The cause of this degenerative disease of the brain and spinal cord is not well understood. Some studies suggest that exposure to environmental neurotoxins may increase its risk. This follow-up study will examine the relationship of neurotoxin exposure to the interval between the diagnosis of ALS and death. It will also examine the possible roles of genetics, lifestyle and dietary factors in the disease. Information on ALS patients previously enrolled in the study will be used to examine this relationship. No new individuals will be enrolled in the study.

Condition or disease
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ALS

Detailed Description:

Objective: The objective of this proposal is linkage with the National Death Index (NDI) for cases from a study that was conducted in the early 1990's. The purpose of the initial study was to examine the role that lead and other exposures, including mercury and solvents, play in the etiology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Study population: The study involved 110 ALS cases and 256 population based controls, recruited in New England between 1993 and 1996. Data collection involved an interview, blood collection, and measurement of bone lead using x-ray fluorescence.

Design and outcome parameters: The results of this study suggested that lead exposure was a risk factor for ALS. Compared to controls, cases were more likely to have occupational lead exposure, and both blood and bone lead levels were higher in cases. We are presently analyzing data on other neurotoxic exposures including mercury, solvents, and pesticides. In order to investigate prognosis, we would like to determine the date of death by searching the National Death Index. This information will enable us to evaluate the relationship of neurotoxic exposures to ALS prognosis.

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Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 0 participants
Official Title: Ascertainment of Death in ALS Patients
Study Start Date : August 6, 2002
Study Completion Date : April 21, 2008

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

The purpose of the NDI search will be to verify death and obtain date and cause of death information for the study participants.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00339976

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United States, North Carolina
NIEHS, Research Triangle Park
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States, 27709
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00339976     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 999902275
First Posted: June 21, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 2, 2017
Last Verified: April 21, 2008

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Case-Control Study
Death Certificates
National Death Index
Cause of Death Information
Lead Exposure
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Motor Neuron Disease
Pathologic Processes
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
TDP-43 Proteinopathies
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Metabolic Diseases