Intravenous Levodopa for the Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease
|First Received Date ICMJE||November 3, 1999|
|Last Updated Date||March 3, 2008|
|Start Date ICMJE||March 1999|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
|Current Primary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Original Primary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Change History||Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00001928 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site|
|Current Secondary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Original Secondary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Current Other Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Original Other Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Brief Title ICMJE||Intravenous Levodopa for the Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease|
|Official Title ICMJE||Intravenous Levodopa in Parkinsonism|
Patients with Parkinson's disease have low levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for motor function and normal physical activity. Patients with Parkinson's disease typically suffer from tremors, rigid muscles, stooped postures, and walk with a shuffle. The drug levodopa acts as a replacement for dopamine and has been has been used effectively for over 30 years as treatment for Parkinsons disease. Because of its effectiveness, levodopa has been used to distinguish Parkinson's disease from other conditions that may resemble Parkinson's disease.
Traditionally, levodopa has been given as a pill. In this study, researchers would like to inject levodopa directly into a vein (intravenous) in order to diagnose cases of Parkinson's disease. This method provides immediate results and allows doctors to adjust the dose of levodopa very carefully. Because the intravenous method of giving levodopa is less practical than oral medication, it is not an available alternative for the routine treatment of Parkinson's disease. However, it may be useful for faster diagnosis of the disease and for determining effective doses of oral medication.
A positive response to levodopa is now considered a condition sine qua non for the diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Under this protocol, patients with parkinsonism of uncertain etiology will be tested for their motor response to intravenous levodopa to aid in the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. This protocol regulates and stipulates the acute administration of intravenous levodopa and associated safety issues.
|Study Type ICMJE||Observational|
|Study Design ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Target Follow-Up Duration||Not Provided|
|Sampling Method||Not Provided|
|Study Population||Not Provided|
|Condition ICMJE||Parkinson Disease|
|Intervention ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Study Group/Cohort (s)||Not Provided|
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|Recruitment Status ICMJE||Completed|
|Completion Date||July 2000|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
|Eligibility Criteria ICMJE||
All patients will have parkinsonism of undetermined etiology.
Males and females between the ages of 18 and 85 are eligible for the study.
No presence or history of any medical condition that can reasonably be expected to subject the patient to unwarranted risks, specifically those who have the following: a history of convulsive, hepatic, or renal disorders; currently receiving treatment for myocardial infarction, arrhythmia or cardiac failure; and pregnant women or anyone not practicing an effective means of birth control.
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers||No|
|Contacts ICMJE||Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects|
|Location Countries ICMJE||United States|
|NCT Number ICMJE||NCT00001928|
|Other Study ID Numbers ICMJE||990072, 99-N-0072|
|Has Data Monitoring Committee||Not Provided|
|Responsible Party||Not Provided|
|Study Sponsor ICMJE||National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)|
|Collaborators ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Investigators ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Information Provided By||National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)|
|Verification Date||March 1999|
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