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Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in Retinal Vasculitis

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2015 by Oregon Health and Science University.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David Huang, Oregon Health and Science University Identifier:
First received: November 18, 2013
Last updated: April 21, 2015
Last verified: April 2015

Retinal vasculitis is a sight-threatening inflammation that involves the blood vessels of the retina, the tissue that lines the inside of the eye. This inflammation may occur on its own or as a result of an infectious, cancerous, or inflammatory disorder.

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging technology that can perform non-contact cross-sectional imaging of retinal and choroidal tissue structure in real time. It is similar to ultrasound imaging, except that OCT measures the intensity of reflected light rather than sound waves.

The purpose of this study is to see if non-invasive OCT technology can diagnose retinal vasculitis as well as the more invasive fluorescein angiography, which requires an injection of dye into the vein of an arm of a patient. The study will also compare the mapping of blood vessels (angiography) and loss of blood flow (ischemia) by fluorescein angiography and OCT.

Retinal Vasculitis

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of the Utility of OCT Angiography in Assessing Vascular Perfusion in Retinal Vasculitis

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Further study details as provided by Oregon Health and Science University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Blood flow patterns in retinal vasculitis [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    To determine if identifying early changes in blood vessel patterns will aid in early diagnosis and treatment of retinal vasculitis.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Ischemia in retinal vasculitis [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    To determine if identifying lost or reduced blood flow will aid in early diagnosis and treatment of retinal vasculitis

Estimated Enrollment: 35
Study Start Date: January 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Retinal Vasculitis Group
Up to 35 patients diagnosed with retinal vasculitis will be considered and evaluated for enrollment in this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
This study will measure blood vessel pattern/flow changes in up to 35 patients with retinal vasculitis.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of retinal vasculitis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to give informed consent.
  • Inability to complete the qualifying study tests within a 30 day period from date of enrollment
  • Significant renal disease, defined as a history of chronic renal failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplant.
  • A prior history of reaction to fluorescein or other dyes.
  • A condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, would preclude participation in the study (e.g. unstable medical status including blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and glycemic control).
  • Blood pressure > 180/110 (systolic above 180 OR diastolic above 110). If blood pressure is brought below 180/110 by anti-hypertensive treatment, subject can become eligible.
  • Systemic anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) or pro-VEGF treatment within 4 months prior to treatment.
  • Women of child-bearing potential: pregnant or lactating or intending to become pregnant within the next 12 months due to unknown safety of fluorescein angiography.
  • Prior panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) or focal laser that would alter the macular perfusion and retinovascular features.
  • Inability to maintain stable fixation for OCT imaging.
  • Other ocular condition is present such that, in the opinion of the investigator, may alter the retinal perfusion.
  • An ocular condition is present that, in the opinion of the investigator, might affect or alter visual acuity during the course of the study (i.e. cataract)
  • Substantial cataract that, in the opinion of the investigator, is likely to decrease visual acuity by 3 lines or more (i.e. cataract would be reducing acuity to 20/40 or worse if the eye was otherwise normal).
  • Media opacity or otherwise that would prevent either fixation or ability to obtain adequate images as determined by the examiner.
  • History of major ocular surgery (including vitrectomy, cataract extraction, scleral buckle, any intraocular surgery, etc) within prior 4 months.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01998464

Contact: Denny Romfh 503-494-4351
Contact: Janice Ladwig 503-494-8024

United States, Oregon
OHSU Recruiting
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239
Contact: Denny Romfh    503-494-4351   
Contact: Janice Ladwig    503-494-8024   
Sub-Investigator: Neal Palejwala, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Justin Baynham, MD         
Sub-Investigator: John Campbell, MD, MPH         
Sub-Investigator: Andreas Lauer, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Christina Flaxel, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Thomas Hwang, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Michael Klein, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Steven Bailey, MD         
Sub-Investigator: David Huang, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oregon Health and Science University
Principal Investigator: Phoebe Lin, MD, PhD Oregon Health and Science University
  More Information

Responsible Party: David Huang, Phoebe Lin, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Oregon Health and Science University Identifier: NCT01998464     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OHSU IRB#00010137
Study First Received: November 18, 2013
Last Updated: April 21, 2015

Keywords provided by Oregon Health and Science University:
Retinal Vasculitis
Optical coherence tomography

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Retinal Vasculitis
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Retinal Diseases
Eye Diseases processed this record on May 22, 2017