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Biomarker for Rapid Diagnosis of Hemispheric Stroke (BE FAST!)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital Identifier:
First received: June 9, 2009
Last updated: June 22, 2011
Last verified: June 2011
The aim of the study is to estimate the diagnostic accuracy of a combined biomarker test (including NMDA-Receptor fragments [NR2-peptide] and Glial fibrillary acidic protein) used to differentiate between cerebral ischemia and intracerebral hemorrhage in patients with acute hemispheric stroke.

Acute Stroke

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Biomarker for Rapid Diagnosis of Hemispheric Stroke

Further study details as provided by Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Diagnostic accuracy (sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing cerebral ischemia and intracerebral hemorrhage) [ Time Frame: 9 months ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
Human plasma

Estimated Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: June 2009
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients admitted with symptoms suspicious of acute hemispheric stroke to primary, secondary and tertiary care hospitals in Europe.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • hemiparesis
  • at least one sign of cortical involvement (e.g., aphasia, neglect, gaze deviation, reduced level of consciousness)
  • hospital admission within 4.5 hours after symptom onset

Exclusion Criteria:

  • stroke/TIA within the last 3 months
  • traumatic brain injury within the last 3 months
  • history of brain tumor
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00916864

Department of Neurology, Goethe-University
Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 60590
Sponsors and Collaborators
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital
Study Chair: Helmuth Steinmetz, MD Department of Neurology, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany