Cause of Unexplained Anaphylaxis
This study will explore the possible cause of unexplained, or idiopathic, anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a rapid, life-threatening, severe reaction that occurs suddenly after contact with an allergy-causing substance, usually a particular food, drug or stinging insect. The allergen triggers mast cells to release several substances, including histamine. Histamine is responsible for many of the symptoms that may occur, such as flushing, hives, swelling of the palms and soles or tongue and vocal cords, nasal congestion, itching and tearing of the eyes, shortness of breath and wheezing, stomach pain, vomiting, low blood pressure, loss of consciousness, shock, and, rarely, death. Severe episodes of anaphylaxis are treated with epinephrine (adrenaline), followed by oral antihistamines and steroids. In more than half of cases of anaphylaxis, a clear cause is not identified. These cases are called idiopathic anaphylaxis. There is no cure or long-term preventive therapy for patients with recurrent episodes of idiopathic anaphylaxis.
People between 18 and 55 years of age who have idiopathic anaphylaxis episodes at least 6 times a year (with at least one episode every 3 months) may be eligible for this study.
Participants are evaluated at the NIH Clinical Center with the following tests and procedures:
- Medical history, physical examination and blood tests.
- Bone marrow biopsy. For this test, the skin over the hipbone and the outer surface of the hipbone itself are numbed with local anesthesia. Then, a needle is inserted into the hipbone and a small amount of bone marrow is drawn into a syringe. The needle also cuts a small core of bone marrow, which is removed for analysis.
- Other tests that may be needed for evaluation of the patient s condition.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Studies in the Pathogenesis of Idiopathic Anaphylaxis|
- Clinical samples obtained from the bone marrow biopsy and whole blood will be used to determine genetic and signaling abnormalities in mast cells and will be correlated with clinical features of idiopathic anaphylaxis. [ Time Frame: 11/01/19 ]
- Clinical samples obtained from the bone marrow biopsy and whole blood will be used investigate the presence or absence of a monoclonal mast cell disorder. [ Time Frame: Ongoing ]Human mast cells will be also cultured from blood to search for functional and genetic abnormalities within the mast cell compartment that may correlate with clinical features of the disease.
|Study Start Date:||July 16, 2008|
Anaphylaxis is a severe life-threatening systemic hypersensitivity reaction caused by release of mediators from mast cells and basophils, characterized by cutaneous, respiratory, cardiovascular, or gastrointestinal signs and symptoms. The most common specific causes of anaphylaxis are venom, drug, and food allergies (i.e. patients with specific anaphylaxis, SA), When a causative factor is not identified in patients are said to have idiopathic anaphylaxis (IA). Evidence of an underlying clonal mast cell disease has been found in about I in 15 patients with IA in our studies and in about 1 in 12 patientswith venom induced anaphylaxis in a European study. (1) The number of patients with anaphylaxis to foods or drugs who have a clonal mast cell disease is not known and the number or patients with venom induced anaphylaxis in the US with clonal mast cell disease has not been determined. Thus, a more complete understanding of the prevalence of clonal mast cell disease in those experiencing anaphylaxis and a better understanding of the associated laboratory abnormalities and disrupted molecular signaling pathways will have a substantial impact of the clinical management of patients who present with anaphylaxis.
This protocol thus focuses on determining the prevalence of clonal mast cell disorders in patients with the anaphylaxis, whether unexplained (IA) or associated with exposure to an antigen (SA), and attendant changes in the mast cell compartment. Subjects 13 - 70 years old will be evaluated to correlate both clinical and laboratory features of anaphylaxis and to identify genetic and molecular pathways that may predispose to these events. Subjects may undergo bone marrow examination in addition to supporting laboratory studies when indicated. We plan to enroll up to 200 subjects.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00719719
|Contact: Hyejeong Bolan||(301) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Melody C Carter, M.D.||(301) email@example.com|
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike||Recruiting|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|
|Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL) 800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator:||Melody C Carter, M.D.||National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)|