Bronchoscopy With Bronchial Biopsies Sub-study of: Persistence of Airway Inflammation and Remodeling in Asthma Remission

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Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (No funding, study not done)
First Posted : September 10, 2007
Last Update Posted : February 14, 2011
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Laval University

Brief Summary:

This study aims at determining the patterns of asthma remission, the prevalence of these different patterns and the various factors associated with such remissions and possible recurrences of asthma, in order to determine the mechanisms involved in these processes.

We therefore want to document these specificities in studying biopsies of subjects in complete remission of their asthma and those in only symptomatic remission of their asthma, in comparison with mildly symptomatic asthmatic subjects and healthy controls.

Condition or disease

Detailed Description:

Primary Outcome Measures :

Airway inflammation and remodeling: in bronchial biopsies

Secondary Outcome Measures:

Comparisons of bronchial biopsy features between groups:

  • Bronchial epithelial morphology
  • Bronchial mucosa (smooth muscle, reticular basement membrane, submucosal gland,...)

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 36 participants
Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Bronchoscopy and Bronchial Biopsies. Sub-study of: Characteristics of Asthma Remissions
Study Start Date : September 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 2011

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MedlinePlus related topics: Asthma Biopsy
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Subjects with complete remission of asthma
Subjects with symptomatic remission of asthma
Subjects with asthma
Healthy controls

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Tissue (bronchial biopsies)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Subjects with current asthma or in remission of asthma from primary care clinics will be allowed to participate to this study. Healthy subjects will also be invited by advertisements in newspapers to volunteer for this study.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • In remission of their asthma: absence of respiratory symptoms, no rescue asthma medication need and (for complete remission) an optimal pulmonary function (FEV1 > 90%) and normal PC20 methacholine for more than two years (with no current treatment).
  • With a proven past history of asthma from medical files (reversible airway obstruction (> 12% FEV1 after bronchodilator or 20% by other means) proven by spirometry, PEF measures or methacholine challenge according to current criteria + previous symptoms and asthma medication use), having no more asthma symptoms and not having used asthma medication for more than 2 years.
  • Agree to sign the consent form.
  • No other condition that could interfere with the study measurements.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects using inhaled or oral anti-inflammatory agents.
  • FEV1 < 1.2 L.
  • Unable to adhere to the protocol requirements.
  • Other current respiratory disease
  • Upper or lower respiratory tract infection or use of antibiotics < 1 month.
  • Use of oral corticosteroids within the last 3 months.
  • Signs or symptoms of progressive or uncontrolled renal, hepatic, hematologic, endocrine, pulmonary, cardiac, neurologic or cerebral disease.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00526344

Canada, Quebec
Centre de Recherche, Hôpital Laval
Québec, Quebec, Canada, G1V 4G5
Sponsors and Collaborators
Laval University
Principal Investigator: Louis-Philippe Boulat, MD Hôpital Laval

Responsible Party: Louis-Philippe Boulet, Laval Hospital Identifier: NCT00526344     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HL-07- sep-biop
First Posted: September 10, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 14, 2011
Last Verified: February 2011

Keywords provided by Laval University:
remission of asthma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases