IS Metomidate PET-CT Superior to Adrenal Venous Sampling in Predicting Outcome From Adrenalectomy in Patients With Primary Hyperaldosteronism

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    Queen Mary University of London
Updated on 12 August 2022
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Purpose of this clinical trial is to improve prediction of outcomes from surgical intervention in patients with Primary aldosteronism, and evaluate the merits of non-invasive metomidate PET CT versus adrenal vein sampling in the diagnosis of surgically correctable aldosteronism.


This is an observational multi-centre prospective cohort study which takes place within secondary and tertiary care. All participants will have the same two investigations performed in random order. These are as follows:

11C- metomidate PET CT This is a one-hour non-invasive study, prior to which participants are treated with dexamethasone for 3 days. A proportion of patients will have an additional 18F-CETO PET CT scan to measure concordance between the two PET CT scans.

Adrenal Vein Sampling This is an invasive investigation in which both adrenal veins are cannulated and blood collected for measurement of adrenal steroid hormones. Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) is administered prior to AVS in order to ensure steroid hormone secretion during the procedure.

The investigators will standardise the start-time of treatment with spironolactone, which is first-choice treatment for participants with primary aldosteronism, in order that the pre-spironolactone blood pressure and biochemistry can be compared with subsequent measurements post-surgery, and the changes during the first month of spironolactone treatment can be used to assess their value in predicting response to surgery.

Sub-study of Repeat 11-C Metomidate PET CT before and after Spironolactone therapy

In order to determine whether it will be necessary for the start of spironolactone treatment to be delayed in all participants until after both investigations are completed, the investigators will perform a sub-study, early in MATCH, in which 6 patients have their PET CT repeated after at least 6 weeks treatment with spironolactone. (This is the conventional period of time for which spironolactone is withdrawn prior to AVS.)

Follow-up management and investigations The investigators anticipate ~50% of participants will be found on one or both investigations to have unilateral PA, and be recommended for adrenalectomy.

The primary outcome measurements will be at 6 months after surgery, or 9-12 months following MDT decision, in those who do not undergo surgery.

Primary outcomes:

The following primary outcomes will be analysed hierarchically, with each analysis being considered as part of the primary analysis if all preceding analyses demonstrate statistical significance at p<0.05. Otherwise, analyses of subsequent outcomes will be considered to be secondary analyses.

  • Normalisation of ARR at 6 months, defined as
  • ARRactivity < 750 pmol/L per ng/ml/hr
  • ARRmass < 91 miU/L
  • Change in BP (mean of at least 6 measurements from home monitoring, or mean of at least 2 measurements from clinic ) from baseline to 6 months.
  • Cure of hypertension at 6 months. Definitions of biochemical and clinical success based on the PASO criteria (using on data available on eCRF) will be used.

Each primary outcome will be analysed in the subgroup of participants who undergo surgery. For each of the above outcomes, AVS and 11C-metomidate PET CT will be judged to be 'accurate' if it indicated unilateral disease and if normalisation of ARR, reduction in SBP or cure of hypertension (measured hierarchically, in turn) was achieved at 6 months post-surgery; or if it did not indicate unilateral disease and the above outcomes were not achieved.

Estimated differences in accuracy will be reported with 95% CI and p-value between 11C-metomidate PET CT and AVS. For cure of hypertension at 6 month, non-inferiority of 11C-metomidate PET CT will be declared if the lower limit of the above 95% CI is greater than -17%. Each measure of cure based on the PASO criteria (biochemical, clinical) will be analysed in turn. Superiority of 11-C metomidate PET CT will be declared if p<0.05 and the lower limit of the 95% CI is greater than 0%."

Secondary outcomes

The secondary outcomes are:

  • Biochemical success (based on PASO criteria) at 6 months, analysed as a 3-level categorical variable (complete, partial, absent)
  • Clinical success (based on PASO criteria) at 6 months, analysed as a 3-level categorical variable (complete, partial, absent)
  • Change in serum Potassium from baseline to 6 months
  • Change in ARRactivity or ARRmass from baseline to 6 months
  • Change in home SBP and DBP from baseline to 6 months
  • Change in clinic SBP and DBO from baseline to 6 months
  • Change in blood levels of Troponin, Brain Natriuretic Peptide from baseline to 6 months
  • Changes in cardiac MRI measures of heart structure, anatomy and blood flow from baseline to 6 months
  • Change in quality of life measures from baseline to 6 months

Secondary (and Primary) outcomes will be compared between participants who underwent surgery and those who did not; for those who underwent surgery, between those for whom surgery was indicated by AVS only, 11C-metomidate PET CT only, or for both investigations.

The sample size calculation has been performed to permit detection of a significant influence on outcome where the smallest number of patients will be available. This is the group of patients in whom the two diagnostic techniques give discordant results, estimated to be ~20% of the total.

Recruitment of 140 patients across 3 centres over 3 years (<1/centre/month), assuming an estimated 10% dropout, and 50% proceeding to adrenalectomy, permits 90% power at alpha=0.01 of detecting superiority of metomidate vs AVS in predicting hierarchical primary outcomes. The 25 patient extension, on the same assumptions regarding dropouts and proportion proceeding to surgery, will also provide 90% power to show non inferiority of 11C-metomidate PET CT in relation to AVS, within a margin of 18%.

Condition Hyperaldosteronism, primary hyperaldosteronism, primary aldosteronism, conn
Treatment Adrenalectomy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02945904
SponsorQueen Mary University of London
Last Modified on12 August 2022

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