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About our project
Bronchiectasis is characterized by irreversibly widened airways due to chronic inflammation, and carries the risk of infections. Only few registered antibiotic treatments are available for patients with bronchiectasis. The European iABC consortium is conducting a phase II dose finding study (iBEST-1) of tobramycin inhalation power for patients with bronchiectasis and chronic p. aeruginosa infection, to be followed by a phase III effectivity study. Sensitive outcome measures are still lacking however. Chest computed tomography (CT) is the gold standard to detect bronchiectasis. We hypothesize that CT scans can serve as a sensitive outcome measure.
We aim to develop and validate a new CT scoring method that can be used for clinical studies in which CT data is used as an outcome measure, and for the monitoring of disease in clinical follow up. We also will further develop the automated analysis methods for the airway:artery ratio, which could serve as an additional outcome measure.
During the iBEST-1 study we will collect the most recent CT scans of the 180 participants from 50 different centers across Europe. The CT data will be used to develop and validate the grid-based BronchiEctasis Scoring Technique for CT (BEST-CT). Besides, automated and manual airway-artery analyses will be performed on a subset of these data. During the phase III trial, baseline and after treatment CT scans will be acquired. The scans will be analyzed with both BEST-CT and the automated airway:artery analysis to evaluate the effectivity of tobramycin inhalation powder on these patients’ airway:artery ratio.
We wish we can conclude that CT scans can be used as sensitive outcome measure with these CT scoring methods. If so, this will add power to trials and eventually enable fast and successful development of treatments for patients with bronchiectasis. Besides, we hope to implement these methods in the clinical follow up of these patients for precise monitoring of disease.
PRAGMA-CF. A Quantitative Structural Lung Disease Computed Tomography Outcome in Young Children with Cystic Fibrosis.
Tim Rosenow, Merel C J Oudraad, Conor P Murray, Lidija Turkovic, Wieying Kuo, Marleen de Bruijne, Sarath C Ranganathan, Harm A W M Tiddens, Stephen M Stick, Australian Respiratory Early Surveillance Team for Cystic Fibrosis (AREST CF). (2015). Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 May 15;191(10):1158-65.
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iABC Inhaled antibiotics in bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis
- Jennifer Meerburg, PhD student
- Mariette Kemner- van de Corput, MD, PhD, head of LungAnalysis