Study of the Disease Process of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

Study Purpose

Pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a destructive lung disease typically affecting women of childbearing age. Currently, there is no effective therapy for the disease and the prognosis is poor. This study is designed to determine the disease processes involved at the level of cells and molecules, in order to develop more effective therapy. Researchers intend to identify the proteins and genes that contribute to the process of lung destruction in affected individuals. ...

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

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Study Type

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Eligible Ages 16 Years and Over
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

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    General admission criteria for patients include one or both of the following: Findings on lung biopsy diagnostic of LAM; Findings on chest x-ray and/or chest computed axial tomography consistent with LAM.
Patients with TSC and pulmonary LAM will be included in the study. Normal non-smokers in the control group are defined as individuals who have not smoked for greater than or equal to 1 year and have no systemic or pulmonary disease. Normal smokers defined as individuals with no systemic or pulmonary disease, who have smoked for greater than or equal to 1 year and have normal chest x-ray and normal pulmonary function tests may be included if needed as controls for a similar population of patients with LAM. Pregnant and or nursing women can be included in accordance with Federal Regulations at Subpart B of 45 CFR 46 Subjects who are pregnant and or nursing will be excluded from procedures during their pregnancy that are greater than minimal risk, until they are no longer pregnant and/or nursing. Procedures that will not be completed while the subject is pregnant and/or nursing including: PFTs, Six Minute Walk Test, thoracentesis, bronchoscopy, and measurements with imaging modalities requiring contrast or with radiation exposure such as Chest x-ray, CT scan, MRI, bone densitometry (DEXA). Allowing subjects to be included in the study may glean important information about individuals with uncommon pulmonary disease during and post pregnancy.


Exclusion criteria for patients include: Age less than 16. Advanced stage of a pulmonary or a systemic illness in which the risk of the study is judged to be significant even in the absence of a clear contraindication to the procedures. Exclusion criteria for patients for the formal exercise study and the stress echocardiogram include patients on continuous oxygen. Patients may perform an exercise test that will assess the patient's exercise capacity with activities of daily living.

Trial Details

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Lead Sponsor

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Principal Investigator

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Joel Moss, M.D.
Principal Investigator Affiliation National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Agency Class

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Overall Status Recruiting
Countries United States

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Lung Disease, Pneumothorax, Tuberous Sclerosis, Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
Study Website: View Trial Website
Additional Details

Individuals with pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis develop severe destructive lung disease. Most of them are females of childbearing age. Currently, there is no proven effective therapy and the prognosis is variable. This study is designed to (a) define the clinical course of the disease and (b) elucidate the pathogenesis of the disease at the cellular and molecular levels, in order to develop more effective therapy. To accomplish this, we intend to identify the proteins and genes that contribute to the process of lung destruction in affected individuals.

Arms & Interventions



Patients with tissue diagnosis of LAM may be admitted for evaluation every six months, or as deemed necessary for research


Device: - Toshibia Aquilion One CT

The Toshiba Aquilion ONE CT system is currently being used for studies in both general CT radiology and CT cardiac imaging. One of the unique aspects of the Aquilion ONE CT system is its ability to acquire whole organ volume images in a single rotation by utilizing an x-ray detector that is configured as 320 detector rows with a 0.5 mm width, providing a z-axis coverage of 16 cm of anatomy. In line with the evolutionary changes to CT systems, the Aquilion ONE will be upgraded with new technology that will expand its capabilities. The changes being made to the Aquilion ONE will provide enhancements to image acquisition capabilities, reduce ionizing radiation dose, and improve subject access to the system. All of these features assist in enhancing the safety of the currently installed Aquilion ONE CT system.

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Bethesda, Maryland




National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Bethesda, Maryland, 20892

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