Potential Biomarkers for Early Diagnosis of Acute Aortic Dissection


Acute aortic dissection (AAD) is an acute vascular lesions with high early misdiagnosis rate(31.8%), and mortality rate was 38%. In recent years, the incidence is rising and serious threat to human health. At present, the clinical diagnosis of AAD commonly used imaging methods, including chest X-ray, B ultrasound, CT, MRI and aortic angiography. Chest X-ray and two-dimensional ultrasound is limited in diagnosis of AAD, esophageal ultrasonography can display the intimal, identify the true and false lumen, but greater risk. CT, MRI and aortic angiography can be used as diagnosis method, but time-consuming, expensive and requires handling patients in emergency situations, should not be used as the preferred. Therefore, it is significance that biomarkers with high specificity and sensitivity for clinical fast diagnosis of AAD.

Parts small sample tests found that single serum α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), myosin heavy chain(MHC) and human soluble elastin fragments (sELAF) levels in patients with AAD were significantly higher than that of others (normal people, acute myocardial infarction patients). But because of the small study sample, limited control risk factors and incomplete comparison, their conclusions were questionable. In our previous studies also found that serum α-SMA, MHC and sELAF levels and the pathogenesis of AAD and prognosis are closely related. Therefore, on the basis, a prospective study is needed. We observe all the three biomarkers in enrolled patients with acute chest pain in emergency department, levels in healthy volunteers as the blank control. Then make definite diagnosis of the enrolled patients, and further observe the biomarkers dynamic change in AAD. Lastly, evaluate the early diagnostic value of combination serum α-SMA, MHC and sELAF level on patients with AAD.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: February 2014

Detailed Description

This is a prospective clinical study designed to procure blood samples from patients who present to the Emergency Department with suspected AAD.

Subjects enrolled in this study will sign and informed consent and have 3 blood samples drawn at different time points during their emergency department visit. In addition, data will be collected about the patient's health history, hospital procedures, and final diagnosis.

Blood samples collected in this study will be sent to laboratory for long-term storage and analysis in the future for these blood markers as they become available. No genetic testing will be conducted on these samples.

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • acute aortic dissectin patients
    • definite diagnosis by computed tomography arteriography (CTA).
  • acute chest pain patients
    • aortic dissection is exclude by aorta CTA

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Diagnostic accuracy(sensitivity and specificity of 400 participates for diagnosing acute aortic dissection) of serum biomarkers on patients with AAD.
    • Time Frame: 1 day (Emergency room without follow-up)

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • chest pain without diagnosis confirmed
  • symptom occurred in 2 hours
  • ≥18 years old
  • Can complete the base information
  • Able and willing to give written consent

Exclusion Criteria

  • known AAD
  • known causes of acute chest pain such as tumour and trauma
  • pregnant or lactating female
  • Associated chronic inflammatory diseases

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Central South University
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: CHAI Xiangping, vice director of emergency department; vice director of hospital office – Central South University
  • Overall Contact(s)
    • CHAI Xiangping, MD, +86-13787204259, fenghuaxuepiao@qq.com

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