This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition traumatic brain injury
Treatment positron emission tomography
Phase phase 1
Sponsor VU University Medical Center
Start date May 2001
End date December 2004
Trial size 20 participants
Trial identifier NCT00205582, 2001/028


Excitatory amino acids may be involved in secondary neuronal damage after traumatic brain injury. The amount of microglia activation is an indirect measure of neuronal damage. Micorglia activation will be measured R)-[11C]PK11195 PET 1 week, 1 month and 6 months after brain injury.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Endpoint classification pharmacokinetics/dynamics study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose diagnostic

Primary Outcomes

Glasgow coma scale after 6 months
time frame:

Secondary Outcomes

microglia activation
time frame:

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 70 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - 1. Traumatic Brain Injury 2. Age: 18-70 years 3. Haemodynamic and respiratory stable Exclusion Criteria: - 1. Penetrating Skull Damage 2. Pregnancy 3. Hb < 6,5 mmol/l unless patient is known to have no history of cardiovascular disease, in which case a Hb < 5,5 mmol/l, will be the exclusion criterion 4. pH < 7,1 at initial arterial blood analysis 5. Previous neurotrauma 6. Current exposure to radiation in the workplace, or history of participation in nuclear medicine procedures, including research protocols 7. Condition which would exclude a clinical MR scan (e.g. pacemaker, shrapnel, metallic prosthesis)

Additional Information

Official title The Role of Excitatory Amino Acids on Neuronal Damage and Outcome After Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessment in Patients Using Microdialysis and (R)-[11C]PK11195 Positron Emission Tomography
Principal investigator Bart van Berckel, MD; PhD
Description Glutamate and aspartate have been identified as the major excitatory neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. A massive increase in the release of these excitatory amino acids (EEA) has been described following traumatic brain injury. The resulting overstimulation of neuronal EAA receptors, particularly the N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptors, leads to excessive influx of calcium through receptor gated ion-channels, causing metabolic derangement and finally cell death. Although the exact role of EEA in patients who have suffered severe head injury remains to be established, it has been shown that sustained high intracranial pressure (ICP) and poor outcome are significantly correlated to high levels of EEA using microdialysis. Disadvantages of microdialysis are that it can only be used to evaluate a limited part of the brain and that it can only be applied in the acute phase following injury. The same limits also apply to ICP measurements. Therefore, methods which evaluate both the extent and time course of damage in vivo are urgently needed. Peripheral type benzodiazepine binding sites are a potential candidate for monitoring neuronal damage. They are not normally present in cerebral tissue, but following neuronal damage, the cells involved in the ensuing gliosis show marked expression of these sites. (R)-PK11195 is a ligand that selectively binds to peripheral type benzodiazepine receptors. Labeled with carbon-11 its uptake can be measured with Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Thus, (R)-[11C]PK11195 PET can be used to monitor in-vivo gliosis after brain injury. A maximum of twenty patients with traumatic brain injury will be included in this study. A microdialysis probe will be placed in the brain parenchyma to continuously measure EEA until the first PET scan is performed. Several cerebral and haemodynamic parameters, such as ICP and mean arterial blood pressure, will be registered. All patients will receive two Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans to evaluate the extent and anatomical localization of cerebral damage. Three (R)-[11C]PK11195 PET scans will be performed: 1 week, 1 month and 6 months after the injury. Outcome will be determined using several outcome scales, including the Glasgow Outcome Scale at six months. In addition, patients will be investigated by repeated neuropsychological examinations.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2005.
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