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Neurological Monitoring During Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

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Verified March 2017 by Dr. Gabor Erdoes, Medical University of Vienna
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Dr. Gabor Erdoes, Medical University of Vienna Identifier:
First received: December 19, 2013
Last updated: March 31, 2017
Last verified: March 2017

Neurological complications are frequent during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) representing a crucial factor for patient outcome. However, to date there is no consensus with regard to optimal neurological monitoring of patients undergoing ECMO.

The aim of this study is to monitor patients using transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) during ECMO therapy.

The study hypothesis is that TCD and NIRS technology are sufficient tools to detect cerebral embolism and hypoperfusion during ECMO therapy.

Condition Intervention
Complication of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Cerebral Embolism Cerebral Hypoperfusion Device: Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Multimodal Neurological Monitoring in Patients Undergoing Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) - a Prospective Observational Pilot Study.

Further study details as provided by Dr. Gabor Erdoes, Medical University of Vienna:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cerebral embolic load [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
    Cerebral embolic load (solid and gaseous) is measured in a 30 minutes-interval during ECMO usage

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Regional cerebral oxygenation [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
    Regional cerebral oxygenation is measured in a 30 minutes-interval during ECMO usage.

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: December 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patient on ECMO
Neurological monitoring
Device: Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound
Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound is used to monitor cerebral embolism Near-Infrared Spectroscopy is used to detect cerebral hypoperfusion
Other Name: Near-Infrared Spectroscopy


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients undergoing ECMO therapy unter intensive care conditions

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ECMO Therapy due to respiratory or cardiac failure
  • Age > 18 yrs.
  • Signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inclusion in an other clinical study
  • Gravidity
  • Cerebral disease of any cause (e.g. intracerebral hemorrhage, stroke)
  • Sepsis and related conditions affecting the brain (septic cerebral embolism)
  • Allergy against materials of one of the medical device used in the study (transcranial Doppler, Near- infrared spectroscopy)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02020759

Contact: Gabor Erdoes, MD 0043 1 40400 ext 4102
Contact: Ulrich Klein, MD 0043 1 40400 ext 4102

Medical University of Vienna Recruiting
Vienna, Austria, 1090
Contact: Gabor Erdoes, MD    0043 40400 ext 4102   
Contact: Klaus Markstaller, Md, PhD    0043 40400 ext 4102   
Principal Investigator: Gabor Erdoes, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of Vienna
Principal Investigator: Gabor Erdoes, MD Medical University of Vienna
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Gabor Erdoes, Dr Gabor Erdoes, Medical University of Vienna Identifier: NCT02020759     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1557/2013
Study First Received: December 19, 2013
Last Updated: March 31, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Embolism and Thrombosis
Intracranial Embolism and Thrombosis
Intracranial Embolism
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Thromboembolism processed this record on August 23, 2017