This site became the new on June 19th. Learn more.
Show more Menu IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu IMPORTANT: Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu
Give us feedback

Abciximab for Prevention of Stroke Recurrence Before Endarterectomy in Symptomatic Carotid Stenosis

This study has been terminated.
(Higher hemorrhage rates of Abciximab in ABESST II trial)
Schweizerische Herzstiftung
Eli Lilly and Company
Information provided by:
University of Zurich Identifier:
First received: July 29, 2005
Last updated: May 1, 2007
Last verified: May 2007
The purpose of the present prospective, randomized, double-blind, double dummy controlled multicenter pilot study is to investigate whether abciximab, compared with aspirin, is able to reduce the rate of recurrent ischemic strokes before and during carotid endarterectomy [CEA] (primary endpoints); and the degree of carotid stenosis, number of microembolic signal (MES) counts, number of ischemic infarcts at diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and amount of intraluminal thrombus at pathological examination (secondary endpoints) in patients with ischemic stroke due to a >50% carotid stenosis who will undergo CEA.

Condition Intervention Phase
Stroke Stenosis Drug: Abciximab Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Abciximab Versus Aspirin for Prevention of Stroke Recurrence Before Endarterectomy in Symptomatic >50% Carotid Stenosis: A Pilot Study (ASTERICS)

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of Zurich:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Whether abciximab compared with aspirin reduces the rate of recurrent ischemic strokes in territory of symptomatic carotid artery during administration of study drug, preoperative period or carotid endarterectomy

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction of the degree of carotid stenosis at ultrasound studies performed 48-72 h after compared to 24 h prior to iv administration of the study agents.
  • Reduction of MES counts measured 48-72 h after compared to 24 h prior to the administration of the iv study drugs.
  • Difference of number of acute ischemic infarct on DWI assessed 48-72 h after compared to 24 h prior to the administration of the iv study drugs.
  • Symptomatic ICH and asymptomatic hemorrhagic transformation occurring during or within 48-72 h after the administration of the iv study drugs.
  • Size of plaque/intraplaque thrombus and intraplaque hemorrhage will be assessed at pathological examination of endarterectomy specimen after CEA.
  • Clinical outcome at 90 days will be assessed using the NIHSS and the mRS.

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: April 2004
Study Completion Date: May 2005
  Show Detailed Description


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age at least 18 years.
  • Presence of symptoms of an ischemic stroke with a baseline National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scale of one up to 20 or due to an ipsilateral atherosclerotic >50% stenosis of the extracranial internal carotid artery (ICA) as shown by ultrasonography.
  • Latency between the onset of stroke symptoms and intended administration of the study drugs is not more than 24 hours.
  • Latency between the intended administration of the study drugs and intended carotid endarterectomy is at least three days.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Documented peptic ulcer disease within the preceding 30 days.
  • Septicemia or severe localized infection.
  • Severe illness (active cancer or significant liver or renal disease) or disability.
  • Alcohol or illicit drug abuse.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Need for chronic anticoagulant therapy (e.g. atrial fibrillation, deep venous thrombosis).
  • Need for long-term daily nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs.
  • Contraindications for platelet therapy such as severe bleeding disorder within the past three months prior to randomization (coagulopathy, platelet disorder including history of heparin-induced thrombopenia, hemorrhage) or significant retinopathy with hemorrhages and exudates.
  • Hypersensitivity to abciximab, murine monoclonal antibodies or aspirin.
  • Any preexisting intracranial neurological disease such as tumor or multiple sclerosis.
  • Intracranial or intraspinal operation or trauma or lumbar puncture within the last 2 months.
  • Cardiac lesions likely to cause cardioembolism.
  • Suspicion of or established non-atherosclerotic carotid artery disease such as dissection or vasculitis (Takayasu disease, giant cell arteritis, significant collagen vascular disease, systemic necrotizing vasculitis, granulomatous angiitis of the nervous system).
  • Participation in another acute stroke trial investigating drugs other than abciximab.
  • Treatment for the present stroke with tissue plasminogen activator, urokinase or ancrod.
  • ICH, aneurysm, vascular malformation or arteriovenous fistula or sinovenous thrombosis of the brain.
  • Brain infarct involving the whole territory of the middle cerebral artery (MCA).
  • Stupor or coma.
  • Uncontrolled hypertension (systolic pressure >200 mmHg and/or diastolic pressure >110 mmHg).
  • No informed consent.
  • Contraindication to undergo magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (eg pacemaker).
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00126139

University of Basel, Department of Neurology
Basel, Switzerland, 4031
University of Bern, Department of Neurology
Bern, Switzerland, 3010
University of Geneva, Department of Neurology
Geneva, Switzerland, 1211
University of Lausanne, Department of Neurology
Lausanne, Switzerland, 1011
University of Zurich, Department of Neurology
Zurich, Switzerland, 8091
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Zurich
Schweizerische Herzstiftung
Eli Lilly and Company
Study Chair: Ralf W. Baumgartner, MD University Hospital of Zurich, Department of Neurology, Switzerland
  More Information Identifier: NCT00126139     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: E-046/2001
Study First Received: July 29, 2005
Last Updated: May 1, 2007

Keywords provided by University of Zurich:
stroke, ischemic
stenosis, internal carotid artery
Acute ischemic stroke
Stenosis of extracranial internal carotid artery

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Constriction, Pathologic
Carotid Stenosis
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Carotid Artery Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Antibodies, Monoclonal
Immunoglobulin Fab Fragments
Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on September 21, 2017