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Contrast-enhanced Ultrasound of the Kidney (CEUS-CKD)

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified October 2017 by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: February 18, 2016
Last Update Posted: October 4, 2017
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Vanderbilt University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The purpose of this research study is to evaluate contrast-enhanced ultrasound for kidney malignancies

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Kidney Disease Cystic Kidney Disease Drug: Perflutren lipid microsphere Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Contrast-enhanced Ultrasound for Complex Kidney Lesion Diagnosis in Patients With CKD (CEUS CKD)

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in radiologist's lesion evaluation [ Time Frame: Baseline, 1 year ]
    Lesions will be assessed for change in size, calcification, and septation based on Bosniak criteria to determine whether a lesion has progressed, regressed, or is stable.

Estimated Enrollment: 75
Study Start Date: February 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Perflutren lipid microsphere
Activate by shaking for 45 seconds using VIALMIX. Use activated product within 5 minutes. Infusion: The recommended infusion dose for activated perflutren is via an IV infusion of 1.3 mL added to 50 mL of preservative-free saline. The rate of infusion should be initiated at 4.0 mL/minute, but titrated as necessary to achieve optimal image enhancement, not to exceed 10 mL/minute per P.I. approval
Drug: Perflutren lipid microsphere
Dosing per approved package label
Other Names:
  • Definity®
  • Microbubble contrast agent

Detailed Description:

This is an investigator-initiated, prospective study designed to evaluate the accuracy of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) with microbubble contrast agent (perflutren lipid; Definity®) to identify malignancy in patients with kidney disease, a known risk factor for kidney malignancy, in whom a conventional ultrasound (US) shows an indeterminate cystic kidney lesion.

The primary objective of the study is to estimate the sensitivity of CEUS in diagnosing kidney malignancy in patients with a risk factor for kidney malignancy and compare it to the current gold standard test in this patient population. Secondary analysis will include more optimal contrast-enhanced imaging with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a subset of patients who can receive these studies. The study outcome will lead to immediate clinical application in patients with chronic kidney disease. Given the cost-effectiveness and adverse event profile, it has excellent potential to become established as first line diagnostics in the general patient population as well.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

To be eligible for the present study, patients must meet the following criteria:

  1. Able to provide written informed consent
  2. Willing to comply with protocol requirements
  3. At least 18 years of age
  4. Have kidney disease, defined as either CKD II-VI, determined by estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of <90 and derived from serum creatinine measurements, or albuminuria/proteinuria, determined by albumin to creatinine ratio or protein to creatinine ratio of >30mg/gm, or having received a kidney transplant
  5. Have at least one kidney lesion identified but incompletely characterized on a non-contrasted US, CT, or MR exam for which the patient's provider recommends follow-up studies or further evaluation with an additional imaging tests.

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients who meet any of the following criteria will be excluded for enrollment:

  1. Critically ill or medically unstable and whose critical course during the observation period would be unpredictable (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) requiring oxygen)
  2. Known hypersensitivity to sulfur hexafluoride or to any component of perflutren lipid (Definity®)
  3. Right to left shunt, severe pulmonary hypertension (Pulmonary artery pressure >90mmHg), or adult respiratory distress syndrome
  4. Active cardiac disease including any of the following:

    • Severe congestive heart failure (class IV in accordance with the classification of the New York Heart Association)
    • Unstable angina.
    • Severe arrhythmia (i.e. ventricular tachycardia, flutter fibrillation; ventricular premature complexes occurring close to the preceding T- wave, multifocal complexes).
    • Myocardial infarction within 14 days prior to the date of proposed Definity® administration.
    • Uncontrolled systemic hypertension (systolic blood pressure (BP) >180 mm Hg and/or diastolic BP >100 mm Hg despite optimal medical management
  5. Is in an intensive care setting
  6. Has an unstable neurological disease (e.g cerebrovascular accident (including transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) within the 3 months before signing of informed consent
  7. Has undergone an invasive procedure on kidney lesion (e.g. tissue biopsy, surgery, nonsurgical cytoreductive procedure) since identification of lesion via US without contrast
  8. Has any other medical condition or other circumstances that would significantly decrease the chances of obtaining reliable data or of achieving the study objectives such as:

    • Mental illness
    • Drug abuse
  9. Female patient who is pregnant or lactating (the possibility of pregnancy has to be excluded by negative serum or urine beta human chorionic gonadotropin results, obtained within 24 hours before the perflutren lipid administration, or on the basis of patient history, e.g.: tubal ligation, hysterectomy or a minimum of 1 year without menses)
  10. Obesity that limits obtainment of acceptable images

  Contacts and Locations
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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02684435

Contact: Emily Chang, M.D. 919-445-2621 emily_chang@med.unc.edu
Contact: Michele Vickers, LPN 919-843-3670 michele_vickers@med.unc.edu

United States, North Carolina
University of North Carolina of Chapel hill Completed
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27599-7510
United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University Recruiting
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232
Contact: Wendy Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD    615-875-9731    Kimryn.Rathmell@vanderbilt.edu   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: Emily Chang, M.D. University of North Carolina Kidney Center 7024 Burnett Womack CB #7155 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7155
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02684435     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 15-1866
First Submitted: February 3, 2016
First Posted: February 18, 2016
Last Update Posted: October 4, 2017
Last Verified: October 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Diseases
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Kidney Diseases, Cystic
Urologic Diseases
Renal Insufficiency