Last updated on May 2019

A Study to Evaluate the Feasibility of Screening Relatives of Patients Affected by Non-Syndromic Thoracic Aortic Diseases


Brief description of study

The primary hypothesis is that a tailored programme of genetic and imaging screening of first- and second-degree relatives of patients affected by non-syndromic forms of thoracic aortic diseases will identify individuals at risk of death from these conditions. These individuals would constitute specific population of patients, requiring dedicated imaging surveillance and/or earlier prophylactic aortic surgery.

Detailed Study Description

Diseases involving the thoracic aorta (the major artery in the body) are a major health problem affecting an increasing number of people worldwide.

In particular, a group of these conditions termed Non-Syndromic Aortic Diseases (NS-TAD), can develop without any obvious symptoms or external features which prevents early identification. Unfortunately, if not treated, the aorta may enlarge and lead to dissection, a life-threatening medical emergency. For this reason, the investigators believe it might be helpful to investigate relatives of patients undergoing surgery for thoracic aortic disease to understand if there are tests that could help identify and treat this condition at the right time.

Therefore the investigators propose to conduct a feasibility study to identify the practical issues and challenges that would need to be overcome in order to perform a successful tailored genetic (by collecting a small blood sample) and imaging (with exams such as echocardiography and MRI) screening in such population of individuals.

Moreover, all participants will receive two questionnaires to ask their opinion about the study and to measure their levels of anxiety and depression, to judge whether and how this study has affected their emotional status.

The study will be carried out at the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03861741

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