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Pentalogy of Cantrell clinical trials at UCSF
1 in progress, 1 open to new patients

  • Mutations in Genes Associated With Pentalogy of Cantrell

    This study will collect blood, urine, and other tissue samples from patients with Pentalogy of Cantrell (POC) and other inherited diseases that may involve mutations in non-muscle myosin II-B heavy chain (MYH10). We will also collect samples from the relatives of affected individuals. POC is a very rare disorder in which patients have a combination of severe defects of the middle of the chest including the sternum (breastbone), diaphragm, heart, and abdominal wall. The defect are apparent before birth or at birth. Participants may undergo a medical evaluation that could include a medical history routine blood tests, urine collection, chest x-ray, and electrocardiogram. In addition, blood, urine, saliva, buccal swab or tissue samples may be collected for protein and gene studies. The blood is drawn through a very small needle placed in an arm vein. Children may choose to have a buccal (cheek) sample taken instead of blood draw. Buccal samples can be collected by a cheek swab, in which a soft brush is rubbed on the inside lining of the mouth, or by having the child hold a tablespoon of mouthwash in his or her mouth for a full minute and then spit the mouthwash into a container. In addition, tissue samples may be collected from patients if they undergoing any surgical procedures that may be required as part of their general medical care. Some of the cells obtained from patients or their relatives may be used to establish cell lines (a living tissue sample) that can be grown in the laboratory and used for experiments.

    San Francisco, California and other locations