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Superselective Administration of VErapamil During Recanalization in Acute Ischemic Stroke

Information source: University of Kentucky
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Ischemic Stroke

Intervention: Verapamil (Drug)

Phase: Phase 1

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: University of Kentucky

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Justin F. Fraser, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Kentucky Department of Neurological Surgery

Overall contact:
Justin F. Fraser, MD, Phone: 859 323-0616, Email: jfr235@uky.edu


The purpose of this study is to determine whether super-selective intra-arterial administration of verapamil immediately following successful intra-arterial thrombolysis is safe as a potential neuroprotective agent. Standard procedures are cerebral angiography and intra-arterial thrombolysis (intra-arterial administration of tPA and/or mechanical thrombectomy). Experimental procedure is superselective injection of verapamil intra-arterially.

Clinical Details

Official title: Super-Selective Intra-Arterial Administration of Verapamil for Neuroprotection After Intra-Arterial Thrombolysis for Acute Ischemic Stroke Phase I Study

Study design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: The primary endpoint will be the presence or absence of intracranial hemorrhage

Secondary outcome: Absence of intracranial hemorrhage

Detailed description: This trial represents the first time that verapamil will be evaluated in human subjects as a superselectively administered neuroprotective agent administered in an acute time frame as an adjunct to intra-arterial thrombolysis. The methods for administration, along with the routinized followup, will provide a paradigm for studying other potential neuroprotective agents. Subjects will undergo cerebral angiography with intra-arterial thrombolysis, which is standard of care. 'Intra-arterial thrombolysis will include possible intra-arterial administration of tPA, as well as possible mechanical thrombectomy with an accepted thrombectomy device. This includes the MercĂ­ Retriever (Concentric Medical, Mountain View, CA), the Penumbra System (Penumbra, Alameda, CA), the Solitaire stent-triever (EV3, Covidien, Irvine, CA), and the Trevo stent-triever (Concentric Medical, Mountain View, CA). Immediately after the intra-arterial thrombolysis component of the angiographic procedure is completed, the microcatheter used during the procedure will be left in or guided into the vessel location of the clot. 10mg of verapamil in 20cc of normal saline will be administered over 20 minutes (1cc/minute) through the microcatheter and into the vessel previously obstructed by clot. At the conclusion of infusion, the microcatheter will be removed. Angiography through the guide catheter of the cerebral circulation in question will be performed to ensure no new thromboembolic event from the microcatheterization (standard of care). The catheters will be removed, and the arterial puncture site closed in the standard fashion. Patients will receive a noncontrast CT scan or MRI approximately 24 hours after intervention to determine the presence or absence of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) after intervention. This would be considered standard practice for intra-arterial thrombolysis. Both imaging studies can detect ICH, and the choice of one or the other will be determined by clinical criteria; CT or MRI may be preferable for different reasons depending upon the patient's clinical scenario. The determination of hemorrhage will be made by the official dictation of a diagnostic neuroradiologist not directly involved in the study. The hemorrhage will be considered an adverse event if it is deemed symptomatic in accordance with the criteria used in the International Management of Stroke (IMS) III study. Briefly, a hemorrhage is defined as symptomatic if occurring within 24+/-6 hours after study inclusion, temporally related to the intervention, and occurs with worsening neurological status as documented in the clinical exam. A 4 point or more increase in the NIHSS stroke scale would qualify as a significant worsening in status. Furthermore, hemorrhage that requires intervention surgically or endovascularly would be deemed significant.


Minimum age: 21 Years. Maximum age: 85 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Patients 21-85 years old, male or female 2. Suspected acute ischemic stroke based on clinical and radiographic evidence as determined and documented by the Stroke Neurology team at University of Kentucky. 3. Patients must meet criteria for intra-arterial thrombolysis as determined and documented by Interventional Neuroradiology attending physician (JF or AA). 4. Patients must have an acute thromboembolus within an intracranial artery (internal carotid, anterior cerebral, middle cerebral, posterior cerebral, basilar, vertebral)

which undergoes pharmacologic (tissue plasminogen activator - tPA) and/or mechanical

(eg. Merci or Penumbra clot retrieval) thrombolysis. 5. Patients with impaired capacity may be included, as the pathology to be studied (stroke) may impair their capacity (please see attached required documentation regarding impaired capacity). 6. Patients must have a TICI 2A or better revascularization via intra-arterial thrombolysis. For reference, the TICI Scale is defined below: 0 = No Perfusion 1. = Perfusion past the initial obstruction but limited distal branch filling with little or slow distal perfusion 2. A = Perfusion of less than 50% of the vascular distribution of the occluded artery 2B = Perfusion of 50% or greater (but not complete) of the vascular distribution of the occluded artery 3 = Full perfusion with filling of all distal branches Exclusion Criteria: 1. Pregnant women (would not qualify for intra-arterial thrombolysis as standard of care). 2. Patients who undergo intra-arterial thrombolysis for acute stroke, in whom only TICI 0 or 1 revascularization is obtained. 3. Patients with occlusion of the cervical common or internal carotid artery will be excluded from the study.

Locations and Contacts

Justin F. Fraser, MD, Phone: 859 323-0616, Email: jfr235@uky.edu

University of Kentucky Deparment of Neurosurgery, UK Chandler Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky 40536, United States; Recruiting
Additional Information

Starting date: February 2013
Last updated: March 23, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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