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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
Giant Cell Arteritis
and you are
over 50
years old
This is an observational trial.
You are contributing to medical knowledge about your condition.
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The purpose

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is the most frequent vasculitis in patients above 50 years of age. The disease has limited mortality, mostly due to the development of aortic aneurysms, leading to dissection and rupture. The probability to develop this complication is 17 x higher at the level of the thoracic aorta and 2,4 x at the level of the abdominal aorta in patients with GCA when compared with a control group. Therefore, follow-up of the aortic diameter in patients with GCA is part of good clinical practice. Previous retrospective research showed a link between FDG-uptake at the level of the thoracic aorta, on positron-emission-tomography (PET) at the time of diagnosis, and the increase of diameter and volume of the thoracic aorta during follow-up (on computed tomography (CT)). The purpose of this prospective study is to follow-up on the aortic diameter, and to correlate these measures with FDG-PET uptake at diagnosis. Ideally, this would allow us to define a group of patients at high risk to develop an aortic aneurysm, already at the time of diagnosis.
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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT01588483. The sponsor of the trial is Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven and it is looking for 150 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
Prospective Study for the Follow-up of Aortic Diameter in Patients With Arteritis Temporalis / Giant Cell Arteritis.