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Diffusion Tensor Imaging to Assess the Functional Outcomes of Adults With Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01712698
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn
First Posted : October 23, 2012
Last Update Posted : May 3, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Washington University School of Medicine

Brief Summary:
Acute changes in axial diffusivity will correlate with the severity of injury in patients that suffer an acute spinal cord injury.

Condition or disease
Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Detailed Description:

Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) parameters will correlate with severity of spinal cord injury in SCI patients as seen in rodent models. We will test whether the quantitative decrease in axial (λ║) diffusivity (a biomarker of axonal injury), will predict long-term functional outcomes for patients with a SCI.

Specific Aim: To examine patients after an acute SCI using DTI and to correlate the extent of acute decrease in λ║ with the presenting ASIA motor score and long-term functional outcome of the patient.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Diffusion Tensor MRI to Assess Subacute Functional Outcomes in Patients With Acute Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries
Study Start Date : January 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2016

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Cervical spinal cord injury
Those patients with an acute cervical spinal cord injury evaluated with DTI MRI

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in AISA score [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    Patients will be followed for the duration of their hospital stay with clinical follow-up out to 2 years. ASIA scores will be correlated with admission DTI findings(Axial Diffusivity).

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with a traumatic cervical spinal cord injury

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-65 years of age
  • Cervical spinal cord injury
  • physically and mentally willing to comply with imaging
  • lives in immediate area with no plans to relocate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Associated moderate to severe head injury
  • Active malignancy
  • Previous spinal cord injury
  • pregnancy
  • inability to tolerate MRI scanning

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01712698

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United States, Missouri
Washington University, School of Medicine
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Sponsors and Collaborators
Washington University School of Medicine

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Responsible Party: Washington University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT01712698     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DTI
Washington University ( Other Identifier: Washington University, St. Louis )
First Posted: October 23, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 3, 2018
Last Verified: April 2018

Keywords provided by Washington University School of Medicine:
spinal cord injury
cervical spine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System