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Sonographic and Laboratory Evaluation of the Thyroid Gland in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Meir Medical Center Identifier:
First received: January 4, 2011
Last updated: February 27, 2013
Last verified: March 2012

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a systemic disease that involves various organs such as the skin, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract and lungs. Dysfunction of the thyroid gland is prevalent in these patients and may be related to thyroid fibrosis or to thyroid autoimmune disease, i.e. hashimoto's thyroiditis. Thyroid nodules are prevalent in the general population, although some reports suggest they might be more frequent in patients with SSc. Hashimoto's thyroiditis, by itself, carries a higher risk for thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer.

The aim of the study:To characterize sonographycally the thyroid gland of patients with SSc with and without Hashimoto's disease

Systemic Sclerosis Hashimoto Thyroiditis Thyroid Nodules

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Sonographic Characterization of the Thyroid Gland in Patients With Systemic Sclerosis With and Without Hashimoto Thyroiditis

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Further study details as provided by Meir Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • There are no spesific outcome measures from trail [ Time Frame: Nnone ]
    the measures from trail are equal to vast population

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: January 2011
Study Completion Date: November 2012
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
The study protocol Fifty patients with SSc according to the current international classification will be included in the study. The patients, followed-up regularly in an out-patient clinic, will be tested for their thyroid function tests as well as the presence of thyroid auto antibodies. Clinical data will be collected from their medical records. Ultrasonographic examination of the thyroid gland will be performed by a single examiner. The gland will be characterized in detail with regards to its size and echotexture and cervical lymph nodes will be detected. The number and size of its nodules will be described as well as their echoic pattern (iso, hyperechoic or hypoechoic) calcifications (micro and macro), and borders status. Large nodules (≥ 1 cm in diameter) or with malignancy- associated characteristics will be aspirated according to current clinical practice. Treatment will be given according to the cytology diagnosis. Thyroid hormone supplementation will be recommended when thyrotropin level >8 mIU/L or according to clinical judgment of the investigators.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with SSc according to the current international classification

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of systemic sclerosis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • non
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01270425

Meir Medical Center
Kfar Saba, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Meir Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Pnina Rotman-Pikielny, MD Meir Medical Center, Israel
  More Information

Responsible Party: Meir Medical Center Identifier: NCT01270425     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MMC11175-10CTIL
Study First Received: January 4, 2011
Last Updated: February 27, 2013

Keywords provided by Meir Medical Center:
systemic sclerosis
hashimoto thyroiditis
thyroid nodules

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hashimoto Disease
Thyroid Diseases
Scleroderma, Systemic
Scleroderma, Diffuse
Thyroid Nodule
Pathologic Processes
Endocrine System Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Skin Diseases
Thyroid Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Thyroiditis, Autoimmune processed this record on September 21, 2017