Last updated on August 2013

Early Diagnosis of Aspergillosis in Patients at High Risk of Fungal Infection Caused by Treatment for Hematologic Cancer or Other Disease


Brief description of study

RATIONALE: Studying ways to diagnose fungal infections early may help doctors plan the best treatment. PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying laboratory tests to see how well they find aspergillosis early in patients at high risk of fungal infection caused by treatment for hematologic cancer or other disease.

Detailed Study Description

OBJECTIVES: Primary - Determine the test characteristics of galactomannan (GM) ELISA using serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) collected from patients at high risk of invasive fungal infection. - Determine the test characteristics of aspergillus PCR using blood and BALF samples collected from these patients. - Evaluate the role of noninvasive exhaled breath condensate (EBC) in detecting invasive aspergillosis (IA). - Determine whether repeated measures over time or a combination of markers improves the test characteristics. - Establish cutoff points for the diagnosis of IA. Secondary - Determine the inflammatory marker and cytokine profile of EBC in fungal infection and after bone marrow transplantation as a marker of acute lung injury. - Assess the role of bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage in identifying the causal pathogen early in the disease course of febrile neutropenic patients. - Assess the role of GM ELISA in prognosis and response to treatment for IA. - Assess the role of aspergillus PCR in prognosis and response to treatment for IA. OUTLINE: This is a prospective study. Patients are assessed for early diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA) using serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) evaluated by ELISA for galactomannan (GM) antigen and real time PCR for fungal DNA. Serum samples are collected at baseline and periodically during study, beginning with the onset of neutropenia and continuing until resolution of fever or recovery of neutrophil count. BALF samples are collected in patients with abnormal chest radiology evaluated by bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage. BALF is analyzed for GM antigen, fungal DNA, inflammatory markers, and cytokines. Patients are also assessed using exhaled breath condensate (EBC) evaluated by GM ELISA and real time PCR. EBC is collected at baseline and periodically during study to detect GM antigen or fungal DNA and to measure markers of pulmonary inflammation and oxidative stress (e.g., pH, hydrogen peroxide, and leukotriene B4). PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 200 patients will be accrued for this study.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT00462657

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Mark Grifiths, MD

Royal Brompton Hospital
London, United Kingdom
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Samir G Agrawal, MD, PhD

Saint Bartholomew's Hospital
London, United Kingdom
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Recruitment Status: Open


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