Spine Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT) for the Assessment of Osteoporosis on Children

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: December 14, 2010
Last updated: February 29, 2016
Last verified: February 2016
The purpose of this study is to compare healthy children to children who have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is a childhood disease that has high risk for low bone mass and vertebral compression fractures.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Spine Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT) for the Assessment of Osteoporosis on Children

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Further study details as provided by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Age and sex specific z-scores for lumbar spine (L2) volumetric bone mineral density (BMD) (trabecular and total) and vertebral volume. [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Mean lumbar spine stiffness and strength in children with SLE and healthy controls correlation between standard and low dose lumbar spine. [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA

Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: October 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2016
Primary Completion Date: July 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
The purpose of this research study is to measure bone mass in children with SLE using different measurement techniques. Children with chronic illnesses are at risk of bone fragility. This is important because bone fragility can result in childhood fractures especially children with SLE. Therefore better diagnosis technique can lead to better management of bone health.

Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 21 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
200 control patients (124 controls participated in unique protocol ID: 2007-10-5528 data will be used for this study, we will be trying to recruit about 76 control patients for this study) and 30 study patients with SLE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • For SLE subjects: Subjects age 5-21 drawn from rheumatology clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia diagnosed with SLE for at least 1 month. Also subjects with no known vertebral compression fracture of L2.
  • For Control subjects: Subjects age 5-21. Controls will be a 50% male/female.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • For SLE subjects: Subjects with SLE will be excluded if they have conditions or drug exposure unrelated to SLE and known to impact growth or bone health.
  • For Control subjects: Chronic disease or syndrome known to affect growth or bone health, prematurity (<37 weeks gestation), or use of any medication known to affect growth.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01330368

United States, Pennsylvania
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Principal Investigator: Jon Burnham, MD, MSCE Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  More Information

Responsible Party: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01330368     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10-007747 
Study First Received: December 14, 2010
Last Updated: February 29, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
children with SLE

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic
Autoimmune Diseases
Bone Diseases
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Connective Tissue Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on May 26, 2016