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Role of New Diagnostic Tool in Device (ICD / PM) Associated Infections (DIRT)

This study has been completed.
University Hospital Dubrava
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Deutsches Herzzentrum Muenchen Identifier:
First received: June 11, 2012
Last updated: April 7, 2017
Last verified: April 2017
Infections related to implantable pacemakers or cardioverters defibrillators are sometimes difficult to be diagnosed. Diificulties in the diagnosis include a low sensitivity of standard markers of inflammation such as C-reactive protein or white blood cell count and the diagnosis is mainly based on the clinical presentation. The observational DIRT-study evaluates if new biomarkers may be more suitable to support a diagnosis of device associated infections than the currently available ones.

Biomarkers in Device Associated Infections

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Device Associated Infections - Role of New Diagnostic Tools

Further study details as provided by Deutsches Herzzentrum Muenchen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • procalcitonine [ Time Frame: no follow-up ]
    procalcitonine is determined at inclusion and correlated to infectíon status

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
new inflammatory biomarkers such as procalcitonine

Enrollment: 103
Study Start Date: January 2012
Study Completion Date: April 2013
Primary Completion Date: March 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
device associated infection
patients with proven device associated infection
control group
patients without device associated infection


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Consecutive patients presenting with device associated infections

Inclusion Criteria:

  • device associated infections

Exclusion Criteria:

  • malignancy
  • cytostatic or immunomodulating therapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01619267

University Hospital Dubrava
Zagreb, Croatia
Krankenhaus Landshut-Achdorf
Landshut, Germany
Deutsches Herzzentrum
München, Germany
Ospedale San Pietro FBF
Rome, Italy
Sponsors and Collaborators
Deutsches Herzzentrum Muenchen
University Hospital Dubrava
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Deutsches Herzzentrum Muenchen Identifier: NCT01619267     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GER-EP-008
Study First Received: June 11, 2012
Last Updated: April 7, 2017

Keywords provided by Deutsches Herzzentrum Muenchen:
pacemaker defibrillator infection

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Communicable Diseases processed this record on August 22, 2017