Prevention of West Syndrome With Low-dose Adrenocorticotropin Hormone (ACTH) (PREVENT-WS)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2015 by Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Thrasher Research Fund
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
John J Millichap, MD, Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01367964
First received: June 3, 2011
Last updated: February 3, 2015
Last verified: February 2015
  Purpose

West syndrome (WS) is a specific type of epilepsy (or seizure disorder) that has three features: infantile spasms (type of seizure), loss of milestones, and a specific pattern on electroencephalogram (EEG or brain wave test) called hypsarhythmia. The purpose of this study is to detect pre-hypsarhythmia in infants at high-risk for WS and determine whether treatment with ACTH will prevent WS.


Condition Intervention
West Syndrome
Drug: adrenocorticotropin hormone

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Early Treatment of Infants at High Risk of Developing West Syndrome With Low-dose Adrenocorticotropin Hormone (ACTH)

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Further study details as provided by Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Evidence for improvement in the EEG one month following initiation of the 2 week course of low-dose ACTH. [ Time Frame: 1 month ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    If pre-hypsarhythmia (Type 3) is detected, ACTH treatment is given for 2 weeks and an EEG is performed one month later. Primary outcome is improvement in EEG (as defined by assigned type).


Estimated Enrollment: 28
Study Start Date: July 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: ACTH treatment
Infants with a Type 3 EEG (pre-hypsarhythmia) will be treated with ACTH for 2 weeks.
Drug: adrenocorticotropin hormone
ACTH 16 units intramuscular injection once daily for 2 weeks
Other Name: H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection)

Detailed Description:

Hypothesis: Preemptive ACTH will halt the evolution of hypsarhythmia and improve the EEG patterns in infants with pre-hypsarhythmic EEG.

Aim. To determine whether a low dose ACTH improves EEG, we will repeat EEG one month after a 2 week course of daily ACTH.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Months to 12 Months
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

  • Infants with pre-hypsarhythmia (Type 3 EEG) between 2 months to 12 months of age.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Infants with any of the following diagnoses:
  • A previous history of infantile spasms;
  • Known inborn error of metabolism;
  • Other symptomatic epileptic encephalopathy (e.g. Ohtahara syndrome).
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01367964

Contacts
Contact: John J. Millichap, MD 312-227-3540 jmillichap@luriechildrens.org
Contact: Sookyong Koh, MD, PhD 312-227-3540 skoh@luriechildrens.org

Locations
United States, Illinois
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Contact: John J Millichap, MD    312-227-3540    jmillichap@luriechildrens.org   
Contact: Sookyong Koh, MD, PhD    312-227-3540    skoh@luriechildrens.org   
Principal Investigator: John J Millichap, MD         
Principal Investigator: Sookyong Koh, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Thrasher Research Fund
Investigators
Principal Investigator: John J. Millichap, MD Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Sookyong Koh, MD, PhD Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Doulgas R Nordli, Jr, MD Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: John J Millichap, MD, Attending Physician, Division of Neurology, Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01367964     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011-14518
Study First Received: June 3, 2011
Last Updated: February 3, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago:
Hypsarrhythmia
Spasms, Infantile
West Syndrome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Spasms, Infantile
Syndrome
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Disease
Epilepsy
Epilepsy, Generalized
Nervous System Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
Beta-Endorphin
Hormones
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs

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