Last updated on February 2018

An Open-label Study of the Effects of Acetyl-L-Carnitine on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Friedreich's Ataxia


Brief description of study

The purpose of this study is to learn how treatment with acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR) will affect the hearts of patients with Friedreich's Ataxia as well as how it may affect other symptoms of Friedreich's Ataxia such as difficulties with balance, walking, or upper arm function.

Detailed Study Description

This study is an open label, pilot study of ALCAR in subjects with FA. In this study 20 patients with FA will receive ALCAR every day for 24 months. At the study endpoint, subjects will be assessed for changes in cardiovascular outcomes and FA symptoms. To determine the effects of LC on changes in cardiomyopathy, echocardiography with strain rate will be calculated. This technique has been validated in clinical studies and used in other studies of FA patients for the comparison of regional deformation and myocardial wall thickness.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT01921868

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Theresa Zesiewicz, M.D.

University of South Florida
Tampa, FL United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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