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Fundus Autofluorescence Imaging in Age-related Macular Degeneration Using Confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00393692
First Posted: October 30, 2006
Last Update Posted: May 8, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Frank G. Holz, University Hospital, Bonn
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to define phenotypic variations in atrophic Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and to identify predictive factors for disease progression based on fundus autofluorescence imaging.

Condition
Age-related Macular Degeneration

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Prospective Natural History Study of Fundus Autofluorescence Imaging in Age-related Macular Degeneration (FAM-Study) Using Confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy

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Further study details as provided by Frank G. Holz, University Hospital, Bonn:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change of geographic atrophy size to baseline [ Time Frame: 36 months ]

Enrollment: 700
Study Start Date: August 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2019
Primary Completion Date: April 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of legal blindness in the industrialized world beyond 50 years of age. Ageing changes of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) play a key role in the pathogenesis of the disease. In postmitotic RPE cells autofluorescent lipofuscin granules accumulate with age in the lysosomal compartment mainly as a byproduct of constant phagocytosis of membranous disks shed from photoreceptor outer segments. With the advent of confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy fundus autofluorescence mediated by RPE-lipofuscin accumulation can be visualized in vivo: We plan to identify fundus autofluorescence changes as predictive factors for the development of late stage manifestations and their variation over time. Furthermore, we plan to determine the effect of increased focal accumulations of autofluorescent material on retinal sensitivity using fundus perimetry. Examination of human donor eyes with AMD will allow for correlation of fundus autofluorescence alterations in vivo and in vitro. These investigations will be performed not only to better understand the role of lipofuscin accumulation in AMD but also to manipulate these mechanisms for both experimental and therapeutic ends.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with unilateral or bilateral geographic atrophy due to AMD, aged 50 years and older. German population
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be considered reliable, willing and able to give informed consent.
  • Age >50 years (male or female)
  • Must have age-related macular degeneration in at least one eye
  • Clear media to allow imaging

Exclusion Criteria:

  • any history of retinal surgery, including laser treatment, photodynamic therapy, radiation or intravitreal injections
  • history of retinal vascular occlusions
  • any concurrent intraocular condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, could exclude the patient from the medical or ethical point of view
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Locations
Germany
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Aachen
Aachen, Germany, 52074
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany, 69120
Institute for Medical Statistics and Biometry, University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany, 69120
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany, 04103
• Institute for Biometry and Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University
Munich, Germany, 81377
St. Franziskus Hospital Münster
Münster, Germany, 48145
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Würzburg
Würzburg, Germany, 97080
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Bonn
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Frank G Holz, MD University of Bonn
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Bindewald-Wittich A, Dolar-Szczasny J, Dreyhaupt J, Wolf S, Scholl HP, Holz FG; Fundus Autofluorescence in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Study Group. Correlation between the area of increased autofluorescence surrounding geographic atrophy and disease progression in patients with AMD. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2006 Jun;47(6):2648-54.
Bindewald A, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Jorzik JJ, Dolar-Szczasny J, Sieber H, Keilhauer C, Weinberger AW, Dithmar S, Pauleikhoff D, Mansmann U, Wolf S, Holz FG. Classification of abnormal fundus autofluorescence patterns in the junctional zone of geographic atrophy in patients with age related macular degeneration. Br J Ophthalmol. 2005 Jul;89(7):874-8.
Deckert A, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Jorzik J, Bindewald A, Holz FG, Mansmann U. Automated analysis of digital fundus autofluorescence images of geographic atrophy in advanced age-related macular degeneration using confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (cSLO). BMC Ophthalmol. 2005 Apr 6;5:8.
Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Bültmann S, Dreyhaupt J, Bindewald A, Holz FG, Rohrschneider K. Fundus autofluorescence and fundus perimetry in the junctional zone of geographic atrophy in patients with age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2004 Dec;45(12):4470-6. Erratum in: Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2005 Jan;46(1):7.
Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Jorzik J, Unnebrink K, Holz FG; FAM Study Group. Analysis of digital scanning laser ophthalmoscopy fundus autofluorescence images of geographic atrophy in advanced age-related macular degeneration. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2002 Feb;240(2):73-8.
Dreyhaupt J, Mansmann U, Pritsch M, Dolar-Szczasny J, Bindewald A, Holz FG. Modelling the natural history of geographic atrophy in patients with age-related macular degeneration. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2005 Dec;12(6):353-62.
Bindewald A, Bird AC, Dandekar SS, Dolar-Szczasny J, Dreyhaupt J, Fitzke FW, Einbock W, Holz FG, Jorzik JJ, Keilhauer C, Lois N, Mlynski J, Pauleikhoff D, Staurenghi G, Wolf S. Classification of fundus autofluorescence patterns in early age-related macular disease. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2005 Sep;46(9):3309-14.
Einbock W, Moessner A, Schnurrbusch UE, Holz FG, Wolf S; FAM Study Group. Changes in fundus autofluorescence in patients with age-related maculopathy. Correlation to visual function: a prospective study. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2005 Apr;243(4):300-5. Epub 2004 Oct 13.
Bellmann C, Jorzik J, Spital G, Unnebrink K, Pauleikhoff D, Holz FG. Symmetry of bilateral lesions in geographic atrophy in patients with age-related macular degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol. 2002 May;120(5):579-84.
Holz FG, Bellmann C, Margaritidis M, Schütt F, Otto TP, Völcker HE. Patterns of increased in vivo fundus autofluorescence in the junctional zone of geographic atrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium associated with age-related macular degeneration. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1999 Feb;237(2):145-52.
Holz FG, Bellman C, Staudt S, Schütt F, Völcker HE. Fundus autofluorescence and development of geographic atrophy in age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2001 Apr;42(5):1051-6.
Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Fleckenstein M, Scholl HP, Holz FG. Fundus autofluorescence and progression of age-related macular degeneration. Surv Ophthalmol. 2009 Jan-Feb;54(1):96-117. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2008.10.004. Review.
Fleckenstein M, Charbel Issa P, Helb HM, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Scholl HP, Holz FG. Correlation of lines of increased autofluorescence in macular dystrophy and pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy by optical coherence tomography. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008 Oct;126(10):1461-3. doi: 10.1001/archopht.126.10.1461.
Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Fleckenstein M, Göbel AP, Sehmi K, Fitzke FW, Holz FG, Tufail A. Evaluation of autofluorescence imaging with the scanning laser ophthalmoscope and the fundus camera in age-related geographic atrophy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2008 Aug;146(2):183-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ajo.2008.04.006. Epub 2008 Jun 2.

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Lindner M, Böker A, Mauschitz MM, Göbel AP, Fimmers R, Brinkmann CK, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Schmid M, Holz FG, Fleckenstein M; Fundus Autofluorescence in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Study Group. Directional Kinetics of Geographic Atrophy Progression in Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Foveal Sparing. Ophthalmology. 2015 Jul;122(7):1356-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.03.027. Epub 2015 May 9.
Fleckenstein M, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Lindner M, Bezatis A, Becker E, Fimmers R, Holz FG; Fundus Autofluorescence in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Study Group. The "diffuse-trickling" fundus autofluorescence phenotype in geographic atrophy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 May 2;55(5):2911-20. doi: 10.1167/iovs.13-13409.
Smailhodzic D, Fleckenstein M, Theelen T, Boon CJ, van Huet RA, van de Ven JP, Den Hollander AI, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Hoyng CB, Weber BH, Holz FG, Klevering BJ. Central areolar choroidal dystrophy (CACD) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD): differentiating characteristics in multimodal imaging. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Nov 21;52(12):8908-18. doi: 10.1167/iovs.11-7926.
Fleckenstein M, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Adrion C, Visvalingam S, Göbel AP, Mössner A, von Strachwitz CN, Mackensen F, Pauleikhoff D, Wolf S, Mansmann U, Holz FG; FAM Study Group. Progression of age-related geographic atrophy: role of the fellow eye. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Aug 22;52(9):6552-7. doi: 10.1167/iovs.11-7298.
Fleckenstein M, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Martens C, Kosanetzky S, Brinkmann CK, Hageman GS, Holz FG. Fundus autofluorescence and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography characteristics in a rapidly progressing form of geographic atrophy. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Jun 1;52(6):3761-6. doi: 10.1167/iovs.10-7021.
Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Fleckenstein M, Göbel AP, Hohman TC, Holz FG. Optical coherence tomography and autofluorescence findings in areas with geographic atrophy due to age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011 Jan 5;52(1):1-6. doi: 10.1167/iovs.10-5619.
Fleckenstein M, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Adrion C, Krämer I, Eter N, Helb HM, Brinkmann CK, Charbel Issa P, Mansmann U, Holz FG. Tracking progression with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography in geographic atrophy caused by age-related macular degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Aug;51(8):3846-52. doi: 10.1167/iovs.09-4533. Epub 2010 Mar 31.
Fleckenstein M, Adrion C, Schmitz-Valckenberg S, Göbel AP, Bindewald-Wittich A, Scholl HP, Mansmann U, Holz FG; FAM Study Group. Concordance of disease progression in bilateral geographic atrophy due to AMD. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Feb;51(2):637-42. doi: 10.1167/iovs.09-3547. Epub 2009 Sep 24. Erratum in: Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2010 Mar;51(3):1800.

Responsible Party: Frank G. Holz, Prof. Dr. med., University Hospital, Bonn
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00393692     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FAM-Study
DFG Priority Program AMD
SPP 1088
Ho 1926/1-3
Ho 1926/3-1
Ma 1723/1-1
First Submitted: October 26, 2006
First Posted: October 30, 2006
Last Update Posted: May 8, 2017
Last Verified: May 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

Keywords provided by Frank G. Holz, University Hospital, Bonn:
Age-related macular degeneration
Geographic atrophy
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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Macular Degeneration
Retinal Degeneration
Retinal Diseases
Eye Diseases


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