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Administrative data

NCT number NCT01829386
Other study ID # HUM00067651
Secondary ID R21NS099684R21NS
Status Recruiting
First received
Last updated
Start date January 2013
Est. completion date July 2022

Study information

Verified date November 2021
Source University of Michigan
Contact Neeraj Chaudhary, MD MRCS FRCR
Phone 734-763-2082
Is FDA regulated No
Health authority
Study type Observational

Clinical Trial Summary

This study will determine if MRI imaging can be used to estimate the amount of iron in areas of the brain affected by a stroke. This may help future patients if the scan can be used to predict the amount of brain damage and therefore the effects on the patient. New research treatments are being used to reduce the amount of iron build-up in the brain. The effects of that treatment may also be estimated using new MRI techniques.


Hemorrhagic stroke has devastating consequences. The mechanisms resulting in early and delayed brain injury following a hemorrhagic stroke is poorly understood. One of the mechanisms demonstrated in animal studies points towards deposition of iron in the brain tissue following hemorrhage. Preliminary data in animal studies also support a favorable effect of iron chelate agents. Iron chelate agents are compounds that bind iron to them and may show the extent of neural tissue damage. Initial results of human trials based on this hypothesis demonstrated the safety of increasing amounts of desferroxamine given to human patients. The evaluation of iron chelate agents for hemorrhagic stroke is entering into phase II/III trials. There is no modality at this date that can quantify the iron in tissue non invasively. Some preliminary studies have demonstrated the role of MRI in identifying parenchymal iron deposition in traumatic brain injury. We propose to validate an MRI based method to not only identify but also quantify the non heme iron levels deposited in brain tissue following hemorrhagic stroke. Once validated this method will be a robust mechanism to reliably quantify tissue iron in the brain which then can be closely followed through iron chelate therapy in a trial setting.

Recruitment information / eligibility

Status Recruiting
Enrollment 20
Est. completion date July 2022
Est. primary completion date July 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers No
Gender All
Age group 18 Years to 85 Years
Eligibility Inclusion Criteria: 1. Males and females between the age of 18 and 85 who have suffered a stroke confirmed by a CT of the head. Exclusion Criteria: 1. You cannot take part in this study unless you have evidence of having a stroke (hemorrhage in your brain). 2. You cannot take part in this study if you are not able to safely have an MRI exam. 3. Women cannot take part in this study if they are pregnant. 4. Women may not participate in this study if they are attempting to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. We will provide a one-time pregnancy test for anyone who is uncertain about being pregnant. 5. You cannot take part in this study if you have evidence of a large amount of calcifications found on CT exams that have been performed as part of the clinical evaluation for your current condition.

Study Design

Related Conditions & MeSH terms


MRI scans with non heme iron levels
MRI scans of the head will be performed to determine the amount of Non heme iron in areas of the brain of hemorrhagic stroke patients and hopefully predict the amount of brain damage. Each MRI will take up to 1 hour to complete and will be done on day 3, day 14 and day 30. Some of the (MRIs) Magnetic Resonance Imaging will be clinically indicated and sequences will be added to the clinical scan with each sequence adding 10 minutes to the scan. Some sequences will be done only for research.


Country Name City State
United States University of Michigan Hospital Ann Arbor Michigan

Sponsors (2)

Lead Sponsor Collaborator
University of Michigan National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Country where clinical trial is conducted

United States, 

References & Publications (7)

Chaudhary N, Pandey AS, Griauzde J, Gemmete JJ, Chenevert TL, Keep RF, Xi G. Brain tissue iron quantification by MRI in intracerebral hemorrhage: Current translational evidence and pitfalls. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2019 Mar;39(3):562-564. doi: 10.1177/0271678X18818911. Epub 2018 Dec 12. Review. — View Citation

Chaudhary N, Pandey AS, Wang X, Xi G. Hemorrhagic stroke-Pathomechanisms of injury and therapeutic options. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2019 Oct;25(10):1073-1074. doi: 10.1111/cns.13225. — View Citation

Chen J, Koduri S, Dai S, Toyota Y, Hua Y, Chaudhary N, Pandey AS, Keep RF, Xi G. Intra-hematomal White Matter Tracts Act As a Scaffold for Macrophage Infiltration After Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Transl Stroke Res. 2021 Oct;12(5):858-865. doi: 10.1007/s12975-020-00870-5. Epub 2020 Oct 22. — View Citation

Koduri S, Keep RF, Hua Y, Chaudhary N, Pandey AS, Xi G. The Two Faces of Estrogen in Experimental Hemorrhagic Stroke. Transl Stroke Res. 2021 Sep 16. doi: 10.1007/s12975-021-00942-0. [Epub ahead of print] — View Citation

Novakovic N, Linzey JR, Chenevert TL, Gemmete JJ, Troost JP, Xi G, Keep RF, Pandey AS, Chaudhary N. White Matter Survival within and around the Hematoma: Quantification by MRI in Patients with Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Biomolecules. 2021 Jun 18;11(6). pii: 910. doi: 10.3390/biom11060910. — View Citation

Novakovic N, Wilseck ZM, Chenevert TL, Xi G, Keep RF, Pandey AS, Chaudhary N. Assessing early erythrolysis and the relationship to perihematomal iron overload and white matter survival in human intracerebral hemorrhage. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2021 Oct;27(10):1118-1126. doi: 10.1111/cns.13693. Epub 2021 Jun 17. — View Citation

Wei J, Novakovic N, Chenevert TL, Xi G, Keep RF, Pandey AS, Chaudhary N. Perihematomal brain tissue iron concentration measurement by MRI in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2020 Sep;26(9):896-901. doi: 10.1111/cns.13395. Epub 20 — View Citation


Type Measure Description Time frame Safety issue
Primary Assessment of iron levels in patients with hemorrhagic stroke Create a non-invasive imaging modality to assess for iron levels in patients with hemorrhagic stroke. Validation of quantification of non heme iron in the brain. 30 days
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