The Role of Cerebral Hemodynamics in Moyamoya Disease

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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Washington University School of Medicine Identifier:
First received: March 4, 2008
Last updated: June 1, 2015
Last verified: June 2015

The purpose of this study is to determine if people with moyamoya disease who have insufficient blood flow are at a higher risk for stroke.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Role of Cerebral Hemodynamics in Moyamoya Disease

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Primary endpoint: ipsilateral ischemic stroke. [ Time Frame: 6 month intervals for up to 5 years after enrollment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Stroke specific quality of life (SSQOL), modified Rankin Scale, Barthel index [ Time Frame: 6 month intervals for up to 5 years after enrollment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • any stroke or death [ Time Frame: 6 month intervals for up to 5 years after enrollment ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 56
Study Start Date: October 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Moyamoya disease is a rare medical disorder that affects the blood vessels (pipes that transport blood) in the brain. In Moyamoya disease, the large blood vessels in the middle of the brain close down over time. The cause of this disorder is unknown. In order to compensate for this narrowing, the body grows new small blood vessels around the blockage. These small branches grow larger (and may be more numerous) to give the disorder its name. "Moyamoya" is the Japanese term for "puff of smoke" and is used to describe the hazy appearance of these small blood vessels on an angiogram.

Treatment for moyamoya is difficult because so little is known about the disease. Some people never have a stroke while others may have several. It is likely that the strokes are due to insufficient blood flow to the brain. There are surgical procedures that may improve blood flow to the brain, however, these procedures may cause complications and may not always improve the blood flow.

The main purpose of this study is to determine if people with moyamoya disease who have insufficient blood flow are at a higher risk for stroke. In this study researchers will learn more about the risks and potential benefits of surgical treatment. This information will help decide if there are people at higher risk for stroke who might benefit from surgery or if there are those at a lower risk who might not benefit.

In this study, participants will undergo baseline clinical and laboratory evaluation. Measurements of blood flow to the brain and oxygen use will be obtained using by positron emission tomography (PET). Participants will be followed for up to 5 years. PET studies will be conducted one and three years after enrollment to determine if blood flow improves over time. Participants treated with surgery (at the discretion of their treating physicians) will also be followed for perioperative complications, improvement in blood flow, and long term risk of stroke.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Persons with moyamoya disease will be recruited without restriction in regards to gender, race, age, and socioeconomic status. At Washington University, persons will be identified and recruited from the Neurosurgery service, the Stroke service of the Department of Neurology, and the Interventional Neuroradiology service.

We have invited several established stroke investigators at large tertiary care facilities in the Midwest to form a cooperative study group. All these investigators have large-volume clinical practices and see several people with moya moya disease each year.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult > 18 years of age
  • Capable of informed consent
  • Clinical: Both asymptomatic and symptomatic patients will be included.
  • Anatomic: Unilateral or bilateral imaging findings consistent with moyamoya collaterals (Suzuki stages 3 and 4) on digital subtraction, computed tomographic, or magnetic resonance angiography (after Suzuki and Kodama, 1983)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any other disease that might be responsible for the vasculopathy, including atherosclerosis, neurofibromatosis, meningitis, sickle cell disease, skull base radiation therapy.
  • Pregnancy: All women of child-bearing potential will be tested for pregnancy on the day of the enrollment and throughout the course of the study.
  • Surgery: Prior open or endovascular revascularization procedures, unless there have been ischemic symptoms since surgery and angiographic evidence that the procedure was not successful
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00629915

United States, Missouri
Washington University School Of Medicine, 510 South Kingshighway Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Sponsors and Collaborators
Washington University School of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Colin Derdeyn, MD Washington University School of Medicine
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Responsible Party: Washington University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT00629915     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01NS051631, R01NS051631
Study First Received: March 4, 2008
Last Updated: June 1, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Washington University School of Medicine:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Moyamoya Disease
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Brain Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Carotid Artery Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Cerebral Arterial Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Intracranial Arterial Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases processed this record on August 31, 2015