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Multimodal Resonance Imaging for Outcome Prediction on Coma Patients (MRI-Coma)

This study has been completed.
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Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris Identifier:
First received: December 19, 2007
Last updated: February 20, 2017
Last verified: December 2008
Stroke, traumatic head injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage and cerebral anoxia are main causes of a coma condition implying severe brain damage and thus, poor prognosis. Clinicians are often in need for a tool able to predict the awakening of these patients. Multimodal MRI, associating the traditional morphological sequences with spectroscopy-MRI (MRS) and the diffusion tensor imaging, could provide such a prediction.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: Multimodal MRI

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Multimodal Magnetic Resonance (MRI) Development in Comatose Patients for an Algorithm in the Prediction of Consciousness Recovery

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To define a quantified indicator resulting from the analysis of the multimodal MRI combined with clinical data to create a score to predict the 1 year outcome as measured by the dichotomized Glasgow Outcome Scale (extended version [GOSE]). [ Time Frame: one year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Relevance of the composite score to predict the clinical outcome at 1 year assessed by the Rankin score, the GOSE and the disability rating scale (DRS). [ Time Frame: one year ]
  • Intra and inter-observer reproducibility study of the analysis of the various sequences. [ Time Frame: during the study ]

Enrollment: 417
Study Start Date: October 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patients in a coma condition after a traumatic brain injury (250), stroke, cerebral anoxia or subarachnoid hemorrhage (150), for at least 7 days.
Procedure: Multimodal MRI
Multimodal MRI

Detailed Description:

Predicting the awakening of patients in comas is one of the principal stakes of the current neurointensive care unit (neuroICU). Several studies and clinical practice suggest that the multimodal MRI, which associates the traditional morphological sequences (T1, T2*, FLAIR/T2), the spectroscopy-MRI (MRS) and the diffusion tensor imaging, is a tool allowing such a prediction. However, this strategy has not been yet validated. Additionally, currently there is no method of analysis including the 4 different sequences.

Objective: The goal of this study is to develop a composite score able to predict the awakening of coma patients following events such as a severe cranial trauma, ischemic or hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident and cerebral anoxia. This composite score will be built from the results of the multimodal MRI (quantified indicator) in combination with clinical covariables (e.g., age of the patient, the mechanism of the accident (high versus low speed), etc.). The final score will aim to predict the outcome of patients at 1 year, evaluated by one of the following categories: favourable (Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS 3+, 4, and 5) or unfavourable outcome (GOS 1, 2, and 3). GOS 3- score has been defined as minimally conscious state and GOS 3+ score as severe disability excluding cognitive sequelae.

MRI Analysis: The lesions present on the MRI will be quantified by a neuroradiologist and a dedicated clinical engineer from the coordination centre (Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital) in a blinded way regarding patients' clinical data. Lesion load-indicators will be calculated on the sequences of FLAIR/T2, T2*, MRS and diffusion tensor imaging from a predefined analysis grid allowing the regional study of the lesions as well as the appreciation of their nature, their uni- or bilateral character and if bilateral, their symmetry.

Hypothesis and applicability: The multivariate analysis of morphological MRI, MRS and diffusion tensor imaging data, combined with the clinical covariables, will aim to develop a statistical algorithm, able to predict the clinical outcome of the patients. In the long term, it will be integrated into an expert system which will be the subject of a patent submission. The final objective is to provide the clinicians a diagnostic tool able to determine outcome of patients with severe cranial trauma and other neurological conditions such as stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage and cerebral anoxia.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Traumatic brain injured patients, stroke patients, subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients and cerebral anoxia patients

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult affiliated to the social security system
  • Hospitalized in neuroICU and requiring artificial ventilation following a severe cranial trauma, an ischemic and/or hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident and/or a cerebral anoxia
  • In coma defined as not answering simple orders at least 7 days after the event
  • Receiving an amount of sedatives and not being able to explain the coma
  • Having a standardized intracranial pressure (≤ 15 mm Hg) and in absence of severe hemodynamic or respiratory failure so that the MRI does not represent any additional danger

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Coma of infectious or toxic origin
  • Coma explained by sedation
  • MRI contraindication (pace maker, medical material not MRI compatible)
  • Persistent intracranial hypertension contraindicating the setting in prolonged dorsal decubitus (ICP > 20 mm Hg during more than 10 minutes after positioning on decubitus)
  • Severe hemodynamic failure
  • Severe respiratory failure
  • Life threatening extra-cerebral lesions
  • Cranial trauma of ballistic origin
  • Patient presenting a severe compromise of a major function bringing into play the vital outcome, with invalidity before the accident/event
  • Former neurological pathology altering the clinical outcome of the cranial trauma
  • Refusal of the family
  • Patient protected by the law (under supervision or trusteeship)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00577954

Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris Pitie Salpetriere
Paris, France, 75013
Sponsors and Collaborators
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Principal Investigator: Pr Louis Puybasset,, MD, PhD Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris Pitié Salpetriere
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Responsible Party: Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris Identifier: NCT00577954     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P051061
Study First Received: December 19, 2007
Last Updated: February 20, 2017

Keywords provided by Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris:
Cerebral Anoxia
Multimodal MRI

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Consciousness Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
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