Last updated on April 2018

Cerebrovascular Reactivity in American Football Players


Brief description of study

Investigators will measure cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during the chronic phase after repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (rmTBI) as a biomarker of traumatic cerebrovascular injury (TCVI). We hypothesize that CVR will be decreased in patients with rmTBI and that these decreases will correlate with clinical outcomes. Furthermore, we predict that 5 week administration of a phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitor, sildenafil citrate, will augment CVR in patients with a history rmTBI.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03417492

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Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

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