PET-detected Myocardial Inflammation is a Characteristic of Cardiac Sarcoid But Not of ARVC
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02989480|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : December 12, 2016
Last Update Posted : October 25, 2017
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Sarcoidosis Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy||Radiation: PET CT Other: Cardiac MRI|
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a rare inherited condition characterised pathologically by fibro-fatty replacement of myocytes usually (but not exclusively) within the right ventricle. The clinical consequences of this process are usually re-entrant ventricular arrhythmias which may be fatal and ARVC consequently is the third most common cause of sudden cardiac death in the young. Diagnosis involves imaging, electrocardiography, myocardial biopsy and genetic testing. Task Force criteria for the diagnosis have been established. Nevertheless the condition can be difficult to diagnose (or exclude), especially in less advanced disease, a common scenario in individuals with a family member suffering from the condition. To complicate the situation further, we and others have published recent reports suggesting that other infiltrative conditions within the heart especially sarcoidosis, may fulfil Task Force criteria, leading to a false positive diagnosis. This is a particular concern since the natural history and treatment options for these conditions are very different.
Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disorder of unknown cause, predominantly affecting the lungs, reticuloendothelial systems and skin. Cardiac involvement at autopsy is found in up to 25% of affected individuals although clinical manifestations are only present in approximately 5%. Isolated cardiac sarcoidosis, without manifestations in other systems is rare. The non-caseating granulomas frequently infiltrate left ventricular & septal myocardium although right ventricular involvement also occurs. Granulomas and resulting scar formation can cause conduction disturbances, cardiac failure and ventricular arrhythmias. Sudden death is not uncommon. Myocardial biopsy confirms the diagnosis but because of the patchy nature of the granulomatous process, the test is only positive in 50% of the affected individuals. Other investigations used to help make or support the diagnosis include echocardiography, MRI, electrocardiography, PET, and corroborating evidence from high resolution CT chest and skin biopsy. However, imaging findings may lack specificity for a precise aetiology. Cardiac MRI identifies areas of myocardial scar or fibrosis, which is the final step in the disease process. Although patterns of fibrosis have been well described in ARVC and cardiac sarcoidosis, significant overlap exists between these two diseases with regard to the exact location of fibrosis: for example ARVC can affect either or both ventricles. Typically, although affecting predominantly the RV, in advanced stages there is also a well described pattern of mid-wall patchy fibrosis in the basal infero-lateral wall of the left ventricle and sometimes in the inter-ventricular septum. Conversely, sarcoidosis typically affects the LV, and when fibrosis is found, the location is in the septal or infero-lateral territories. In sarcoid, RV enlargement can occur either due to granulomatous involvement within the RV myocardium, or secondary to the pulmonary hypertension associated with lung involvement. Cases of sarcoidosis where the RV is involved may be more difficult to diagnose: The RV enlargement and reduction in function overlap significantly with the Task Force Criteria for the CMR diagnosis of ARVC, furthermore, the pattern of late gadolinium enhancement is not sufficiently specific to guide the diagnosis to either ARVC or Cardiac Sarcoid with RV involvement.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Estimated Enrollment :||20 participants|
|Official Title:||PET-detected Myocardial Inflammation is a Characteristic of Cardiac Sarcoid But Not of ARVC - a Feasibility Study|
|Study Start Date :||August 2015|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||July 2018|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||July 2018|
Patients with cardiac sarcoidosis diagnosed according to the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare criteria will be included. All patients will have histologically proven sarcoidosis (cardiac biopsy not mandatory) and no other potential cardiac disease. They will have no family history of cardiomyopathy.
Radiation: PET CT
PET CT scans
Other: Cardiac MRI
Arrhythmogenic RV cardiomyopathy
Patients with ARVC diagnosed according to the Task Force criteria with in addition either a positive family history for the condition or harbour a known pathological mutation associated with it.
Radiation: PET CT
PET CT scans
Other: Cardiac MRI
- Myocardial inflammation or fibrosis by cardiac MRI and PET CT [ Time Frame: Three hours ]Cardiac MRI and PET CT
Biospecimen Retention: None Retained
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02989480
|Contact: Paul Broadhurst, Consultantfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Dana Dawson, Consultantemail@example.com|
|Aberdeen Royal Infirmary||Recruiting|
|Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom, AB25 2ZD|
|Contact: Paul Broadhurst, Consultant 01224559308 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Dana Dawson, Consultant 01224437969 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator:||Paul Broadhurst, Consultant||NHS Grampian|