Neuropsychiatric Scleroderma Study: Systematic Evaluation of Neuropsychiatric Involvement in Systemic Sclerosis (NeuroScS)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified June 2015 by University Hospital, Lille
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University Hospital, Lille Identifier:
First received: November 25, 2011
Last updated: June 3, 2015
Last verified: June 2015

Systemic sclerosis is a rare disease with vascular involvement and systemic fibrosis. This disease is usually thought to spare central nervous system. However, neuropsychiatric manifestations like depression and cognitive functions impairment seem to be frequent. Pathophysiology of this neuropsychiatric manifestations is currently unknown. White matter hyperintensities have been reported suggested CNS vascular manifestations in systemic sclerosis. Whether this CNS vascular involvement plays a role in neuropsychiatric manifestations in systemic sclerosis is unknown. The primary objective of this prospective and multicentre study is to assess a link between neuropsychiatric manifestations and CNS involvement in systemic sclerosis. Secondary objectives are to assess the frequency of neuropsychiatric manifestations, to compare central nervous system abnormality between scleroderma patient and healthy subjects. Central nervous system involvement and neuropsychiatric manifestations will be systematically assessed through central nervous system imaging and questionnaires.

Condition Intervention
Systemic Sclerosis
Other: Magnetic resonance Imaging

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Assessment of Neuropsychiatric Involvement in Systemic Sclerosis.

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital, Lille:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Odds-ratio between neuropsychiatric manifestations and magnetic resonance imaging abnormalities [ Time Frame: 5 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Odds-ratio between neuropsychiatric manifestations and magnetic resonance imaging abnormalities

Estimated Enrollment: 108
Study Start Date: February 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Scleroderma patient
Evaluation of Scleroderma patient
Other: Magnetic resonance Imaging
Magnetic resonance Imaging Assessment
Other Name: Cognitive, psychiatric and neurological evaluation
Placebo Comparator: Healthy subjects
Evaluation of healthy subjects
Other: Magnetic resonance Imaging
Magnetic resonance Imaging Assessment
Other Name: Cognitive, psychiatric and neurological evaluation


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 64 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female between 18 and 65 yo
  • With scleroderma (American College of Rheumatology and/or Leroy et Medsger)
  • Informed consent given

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Other auto-immune disease
  • non french native speakers
  • severe arterial hypertension
  • diabetes
  • anemia
  • renal insufficiency
  • cranial trauma
  • history of neurological disorder or neurotoxic treatment
  • pregnancy or breast feeding
  • impossibility or non compliance to perform the protocol flow chart
  • contra indications to MRI
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01488214

Contact: David Launay, MD, PhD + 33 (0) 3 20 44 50 48 ext + 33

Caen University Hospital Active, not recruiting
Caen, Calvados, France, 14000
Lille University hosiptal Recruiting
Lille, Nord, France, 59000
Contact: David Launay, MD, PhD    3 20 44 42 95 ext + 33   
Principal Investigator: David Launay, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Pierre-Yves Hatron, Md         
Sub-Investigator: Eric Hachulla, Md, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Marc Lambert, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Sandrine Morell-Dubois, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Olvier Cottencin, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Frederique Warembourg, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Patrick Vermersch, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Helene Zephir, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Florence Pasquier, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Christine Moroni, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Xavier Delbeucq, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Jean-Pierre Pruvo, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Camille Henichart, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Patrice Jissendi, MD, PhD         
Rouen University hospital Completed
Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France, 76 000
Amiens Launay Active, not recruiting
Amiens, Sommes, France, 80 000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Lille
Study Chair: David Launay, MD, PhD Lille University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Amar Smail, MD Amiens University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Boris Bienvenu, MD, PhD University Hospital, Caen
Principal Investigator: Isabelle Marie, MD, PhD Rouen University Hospital
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: University Hospital, Lille Identifier: NCT01488214     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2009-A01313-54, 2009_10, PHRC 2009/API
Study First Received: November 25, 2011
Last Updated: June 3, 2015
Health Authority: France: Afssaps - Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Saint-Denis)

Keywords provided by University Hospital, Lille:
Systemic Sclerosis
neuropsychiatric manifestations
magnetic resonance imaging

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Scleroderma, Diffuse
Scleroderma, Systemic
Connective Tissue Diseases
Pathologic Processes
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