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Haematological Disorders
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No longer recruiting
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Results overdue

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Sarcoidosis is a rare condition that causes small patches of red and swollen tissue, called granulomas, to develop in the organs of the body. Although it is more commonly affects organs such as lungs, skin and lymph nodes it can affect any organ in the body, including the heart (cardiac sarcoidosis). Cardiac sarcoidosis is quoted in studies as affecting 25% of patients with sarcoidosis, the most common presentation being sudden death. Despite this there are no guidelines surrounding its management or any screening process to identify those at high risk. This study aims to screen 100 patients with a new diagnosis of sarcoidosis via ECG (electrocardiogram), echocardiography, 48-hour Holter monitor, and finally the gold standard of cardiac MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for cardiac involvement.

Who can participate?
Any patient between 18 and 65 years old with no other history of cardiovascular disease and no contraindication to a cardiac MRI.

What does the study involve?
Before the cardiac MRI each patient is placed into one of two groups based on findings from initial investigations: 1. Suspected to have cardiac sarcoid. 2. Not suspected to have cardiac sarcoid. The results are compared to those of the cardiac MRI. Each patient found to have cardiac sarcoid is followed up for 1 year following diagnosis to look at disease progression and hopefully give some insight into management, especially with regards to the controversial topic of the need for an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). In doing so the researchers hope to find how common a problem it is, to assess the place of simple screening tools in guiding more detailed and expensive investigations, laying the foundation for a screening process. They also hope to look for any clinical evidence that could be used to help in the decision-making process behind the use of ICDs in this population.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The benefits include catching a very hard to diagnose complication, thus facilitating its treatment. There are no particular risks but drawbacks include a large amount of time and effort on behalf of each patient.

Where is the study run from?
The study will hopefully be run from the Countess of Chester Hospital depending on the number of new sarcoidosis patients. Patients have their cardiac MRI at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (UK)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
September 2013 to September 2015

Who is funding the study?
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UK)

Who is the main contact?
Dr Mohammed Meah

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Prof John Somauroo


Contact details

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Countess of Chester Health Park
Liverpool Road
United Kingdom

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Study information

Scientific title

Development of a screening tool for cardiac involvement in the Sarcoidosis population using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the gold standard: an observational study


Study hypothesis

Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease of unknown aetiology. Although it is more commonly affects organs such as lungs, skin and lymph nodes it can affect any organ in the body. Cardiac sarcoid can occur alone or concurrently with multiple organ involvement. It is difficult to diagnose, as often stays clinically silent, though its presence is more common in the sarcoid population in those with cardiac symptoms. It is thought to affect at least 25% of patients with sarcoidosis.

Simple diagnostic tools are useful in the screening of patients with sarcoidosis for cardiac involvement, and allow for risk stratification with regards to sudden cardiac death.

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Observational longitudinal study

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Longitudinal study

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Patient information sheet

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Patients will be selected from the known sarcoid population at Chester. Patients will be prospectively recruited following new diagnosis of non-cardiac sarcoidosis. They will be put through a screening process beginning with physical examination, ECG, 48-hour Holter monitoring, echocardiogram with tissue Doppler imaging, exercise tolerance test (to exclude ischaemic/coronary artery disease), and finally cardiac MRI as the gold standard. Those found to have cardiac sarcoid will be treated as normal. They will be followed up for a year (once at 30 days, 6 months and 1 year). All the investigations apart from cardiac MRI will be run again at least once more allowing an assessment of disease progression.

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Not Applicable

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Primary outcome measure

Presence of cardiac sarcoid as per cardiac MRI, measured at baseline and 1, 6 and 12 months following baseline investigations

Secondary outcome measures

1. Biomarkers
2. ECG and Echo findings

Measured at baseline and 1, 6 and 12 months following baseline investigations.

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Participant inclusion criteria

1. Patients with known Sarcoidosis
2. Male and female, aged 18-65 years

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Participant exclusion criteria

1. Contraindication for cardiac MRI
2. Any other cardiovascular disease (an exercise tolerance test will be done on all participants to assess for ischaemic heart disease)

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Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


Countess of Chester Hospital (UK)

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Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Countess of Chester Health Park
Liverpool Road
United Kingdom

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Hospital/treatment centre



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Hospital/treatment centre

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Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UK)

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Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

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Editorial Notes

15/10/2020: No publications found. 09/11/2017: No publications found, verifying study status with principal investigator.