Skin Biopsies in Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 11, 2009
Last Update Posted : December 24, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Joost LM Jongen, Erasmus Medical Center

Brief Summary:
Neuropathy is a common side effect of chemotherapeutics used for the treatment of multiple myeloma, including vincristine, thalidomide and bortezomib. The neuropathy induced by these drugs is often preferentially small fiber. Small fiber neuropathies are difficult to diagnose and quantify using conventional electromyography. Determining intra-epidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) in skin biopsies from diabetes and AIDS patients has been shown to be a more sensitive and more specific ancillary investigation to establish the diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy. In this study the investigators aim to establish the sensitivity of IENFD measurements in skin biopsies from patients with multiple myeloma treated with bortezomib.

Condition or disease
Multiple Myeloma Peripheral Neuropathy

Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 26 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Skin Biopsies in Chemotherapy-induced Neuropathy
Study Start Date : November 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2012

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Patients with multiple myeloma

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. intraepidermal nerve fiber density/pain intensity [ Time Frame: one timepoint, i.e. date of skin biopsy ]
    correlation between intraepidermal nerve fiber density and pain intensity

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
skin biopsy

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with multiple myeloma receiving bortezomib in a large university hospital

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with multiple myeloma receiving bortezomib

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients not able to provide informed consent
  • Patients with coagulation disturbances or immunocompromised patients

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00956033

Erasmus MC, Centrumlocatie en Daniel den Hoed
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, 3000CA
Sponsors and Collaborators
Erasmus Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Joost L Jongen Erasmus MC

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Joost LM Jongen, J.L.M. Jongen, MD, PhD, Erasmus Medical Center Identifier: NCT00956033     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MEC2008-305
First Posted: August 11, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 24, 2014
Last Verified: December 2014

Keywords provided by Joost LM Jongen, Erasmus Medical Center:
Peripheral Neuropathy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Myeloma
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases