Last updated on July 2018

Angiotensin II Receptor Blockade in Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (ARCADE)

Brief description of study

This study aims to verify the hypothesis that patients with Vascular Ehlers Danlos syndrome (vEDS) should benefit of the blockade of angiotensin (Ang) II noxious effects on their vasculature affected by a defect in type III collagen in addition to the effects celiprolol. This randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial compares the administration of the Ang II type I receptor blocker (ARB) irbesartan to placebo over a 2-year period in vEDS patients with the main objective to reduce the incidence of both symptomatic and asymptomatic vascular events.

Detailed Study Description

vEDS is a rare life-threatening inherited condition due to mutations at the COL3A1 gene encoding the pro-alpha 1 chain of type III procollagen (OMIM #130050) with unpredictable and recurring arterial dissections/aneurysms starting in the early adulthood. The investigators have previously shown that a treatment with 200-400 mg per day of celiprolol, reduces both fatal and non-fatal vascular events in patients with vEDS. If tolerated, the treatment is now the standard treatment for vEDS. However, despite celiprolol , symptomatic and asymptomatic arterial events continue to occur in vEDS patients. Recent findings suggest a possible deleterious effect of endogenous Angiotensin II on medium size arteries in vEDS patients. The hypothesis of this study is that the blockade of endogenous Ang II will provide supplemental vascular protection and thus reduce recurrence of arterial events in vEDS patients.

The primary objective of this study is to determine in patients with molecularly proven vEDS, whether an Ang II receptor blocker, prescribed at an optimally tolerated dose combined with the reference celiprolol treatment, decreases the 24 months rate of both asymptomatic and symptomatic cardiovascular (CV) events when compared to placebo.


Multicenter, double-blind, randomized (1:1), placebo-controlled, parallel group, study with blind endpoint evaluation in adult vEDS patients.

Main criteria for inclusion:

Patients of both sexes aged 18 to 70 years with molecularly proven vEDS, not in an acute phase of the disease, with no contra-indication for taking an Ang II blocker.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02597361

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