Minimally Invasive Surgery Plus Rt-PA for ICH Evacuation Phase III (MISTIE III)

Trial Purpose and Description

A phase III, randomized, case-controlled, open-label, 500-subject clinical trial of minimally invasive surgery plus rt-PA in the treatment of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).

Ages: 18 - 80 years

Gender: Both

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Spontaneous supratentorial ICH ≥ 30 mL diagnosed using radiographic imaging (CT, CTA, etc.), with a GCS ≤ 14 or a NIHSS ≥ 6.
  • Six-hour clot size equal to the most previous clot size (within 5 mL) as determined by additional CT scans at least 6 hours apart using the ABC/2 method.
  • Symptoms less than 24 hours prior to diagnostic CT (dCT) scan (an unknown time of onset is exclusionary).
  • Intention to initiate surgery between 12 and 72 hours after dCT. First dose can be given within 76 hours after dCT (delays for post surgical stabilization of catheter bleeding or because of unanticipated surgical delay are acceptable with approved waiver from the CCC).
  • SBP < 180 mmHg sustained for six hours recorded closest to the time of randomization.
  • Historical Rankin score of 0 or 1.
  • Age ≥ 18 and ≤ 80.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Infratentorial hemorrhage.
  • Intraventricular hemorrhage requiring treatment with extraventricular drainage (obstruction of third and fourth ventricles).
  • Thalamic bleeds with apparent midbrain extension with third nerve palsy or dilated and non-reactive pupils. Other (supranuclear) gaze abnormalities are not exclusions. Note: Patients with a posterior fossa ICH or cerebellar hematomas are ineligible.
  • Irreversible impaired brain stem function (bilateral fixed, dilated pupils and extensor motor posturing), GCS ≤ 4.
  • Ruptured aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), vascular anomaly, Moyamoya disease diagnosed with radiographic imaging.
  • Patients with unstable mass or evolving intracranial compartment syndrome.
  • Platelet count < 100,000, INR > 1.4, or an elevated prothrombin time (PT) or activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT).
  • Any irreversible coagulopathy or known clotting disorder.
  • Inability to sustain INR ≤ 1.4 using short- and long-active procoagulants (such as but not limited to NovoSeven, FFP, and/or vitamin K).
  • Subjects requiring long-term anti-coagulation are excluded. Reversal of anti-coagulation is permitted for medically stable patients who can realistically tolerate the short term risk of reversal. Patient must not require Coumadin (anticoagulation) during the first 30 days, and normalized coagulation parameters must be demonstrated, monitored closely and maintained during the period of brain instrumentation.
  • Use of Dabigatran prior to symptom onset.
  • Internal bleeding, involving retroperitoneal sites, or the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, or respiratory tracts.
  • Superficial or surface bleeding, observed mainly at vascular puncture and access sites (e.g., venous cutdowns, arterial punctures, etc.) or site of recent surgical intervention.
  • Positive urine or serum pregnancy test in pre-menopausal female subjects without a documented history of surgical sterilization.
  • Allergy/sensitivity to rt-PA.
  • Prior enrollment in the study.
  • Planned or simultaneous participation (between screening and Day-30) in another interventional medical investigation or clinical trial. Patients in observational, natural history, and/or epidemiological studies not involving an intervention are eligible.
  • Subjects who are not expected to survive to the day 365 visit due to co-morbidities and/or are DNR/DNI status prior to randomization are excluded.
  • Any concurrent serious illness that would interfere with the safety assessments including hepatic, renal, gastroenterologic, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrinologic, immunologic, and hematologic disease.
  • Patients with a mechanical heart valve.
  • Known risk for embolization, including history of left heart thrombus, mitral stenosis with atrial fibrillation, acute pericarditis, or subacute bacterial endocarditis.
  • Any other condition that the investigator believes would pose a significant hazard to the subject if the investigational therapy were initiated.
  • Active drug or alcohol use or dependence that, in the opinion of the site investigator, would interfere with adherence to study requirements.
  • In the investigator's opinion, the patient is unstable and would benefit from a specific intervention rather than supportive care plus or minus MIS+rt-PA removal of the ICH.
  • Inability or unwillingness of subject or legal guardian/representative to give written informed consent.

Johns Hopkins University

Dates: 07/09/2015 - 09/30/2018

Last Updated: 10/01/2015

Study HIC#: 1412015067

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Lauren Sansing

Principal Investigator