Cleveland, Ohio 44195

  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Purpose:

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a condition characterized by an increased pulmonary vascular resistance that can lead to right heart failure and death. Several diseases are known etiologies of PAH including scleroderma and cirrhosis. The presence of PAH in the context of systemic sclerosis or cirrhosis has a dramatic impact on prognosis and survival of the connective tissue or liver disease. Despite advances in the diagnosis of PAH, echocardiography remains a necessary test for screening PAH in patients with scleroderma or cirrhosis. However, echocardiography is less than ideal for diagnosing PAH and predicting treatment response. Thus, there is a pressing need to identify methodologies that can accurately and non-invasively recognize the presence of PAH in patients with scleroderma and cirrhosis. Hypothesis: 1. To measure endothelial function and exhaled gases in patients with scleroderma and cirrhosis. To assess whether they correlate with the presence or the development of PAH. 2. The degree of local (forearm) capillary vasodilation during treprostinil iontophoresis identifies patients who will develop PAH and in those already diagnosed PAH predicts response to PAH-specific therapies.


Study summary:

Patients with scleroderma are known to have endothelial dysfunction and limited data suggested an association between the degree of endothelial function in scleroderma and the presence of PAH. However, these data is preliminary and has not been used to predict response to PAH-specific therapy or the development of PAH. We will test patients with cirrhosis because they tend to have PAH in the context of a hyperdynamic instead of a hypodynamic state as observed in scleroderma and PAH. Aims: 1. To measure endothelial function and exhaled gases in patients with scleroderma or cirrhosis to assess whether they correlate with the presence or the development of PAH. 2. To evaluate the degree of endothelial response to local treprostinil iontophoresis and determine if this test can predict the development of pulmonary hypertension or response to PAH-specific therapies.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - Patients with scleroderma or cirrhosis. Exclusion Criteria: - Exclusion criteria include individuals younger than 16, etiologies of PAH other than scleroderma or cirrhosis.


NCT ID:

NCT01729611


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Adriano Tonelli, MD
The Cleveland Clinic


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Cleveland, Ohio 44195
United States



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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: June 21, 2021

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