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Connective Tissue Diseases and Lung Manifestations

Study Purpose

Despite a number of prospective studies already initiated in the past years, the current epidemiology and course of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with connective tissue disease (CTD) is still not well defined, particularly regarding its prevalence, incidence and the management of a broad spectrum of disease presentations. Major challenges include the identification of patients with progressive disease, the appropriate time point of therapeutic intervention and the underlying driver of disease (inflammatory or pro-fibrotic stimulus or both?). To address these issues in Western Austria, a progressive registry of patients with CTD exploring routine clinical and pathophysiological characteristics of ILD and PH will be conducted. This multidisciplinary, prospective and observational registry aims to collect comprehensive clinical data on incidence, prevalence and course of disease regarding all PH and ILD presentations in a real-world setting.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Healthy volunteers are participants who do not have a disease or condition, or related conditions or symptoms

Study Type

An interventional clinical study is where participants are assigned to receive one or more interventions (or no intervention) so that researchers can evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or health-related outcomes.

An observational clinical study is where participants identified as belonging to study groups are assessed for biomedical or health outcomes.

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Observational [Patient Registry]
Eligible Ages 18 Years - 80 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • - The inclusion criteria are adult patients (≥18 years) diagnosed with CTD with signed informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • - Exclusion criteria are patients with a serious co-morbidity interfering with the course of interstitial lung disease or pulmonary hypertension.

Trial Details

Trial ID:

This trial id was obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, providing information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants with locations in all 50 States and in 196 countries.


Phase 1: Studies that emphasize safety and how the drug is metabolized and excreted in humans.

Phase 2: Studies that gather preliminary data on effectiveness (whether the drug works in people who have a certain disease or condition) and additional safety data.

Phase 3: Studies that gather more information about safety and effectiveness by studying different populations and different dosages and by using the drug in combination with other drugs.

Phase 4: Studies occurring after FDA has approved a drug for marketing, efficacy, or optimal use.

Lead Sponsor

The sponsor is the organization or person who oversees the clinical study and is responsible for analyzing the study data.

Medical University Innsbruck
Principal Investigator

The person who is responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the entire clinical study.

Judith Löffler-Ragg, Prof. MD
Principal Investigator Affiliation Medical University Innsbruck, Department Internal Medicine
Agency Class

Category of organization(s) involved as sponsor (and collaborator) supporting the trial.

Other, Industry
Overall Status Recruiting
Countries Austria

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Connective Tissue Diseases, Interstitial Lung Disease, Systemic Sclerosis
Additional Details

Specifically, this registry will collect demographic data, disease-related clinical data, routine laboratory values (including antibody-profile and iron status), diagnostic procedures, significant comorbidities, therapeutic managements (e.g. thoracic ultrasound, HRCT), and disease outcomes over 10 years. In addition, blood biobank samples for translational research will be collected in a subgroup of patients with systemic sclerosis over serial time points to study the systemic inflammatory and profibrotic phenotype of patients. In summary, this registry will monitor the disease course of pulmonary manifestations of patients with CTD and may be hypothesis-generating and provide new insights in underlying inflammatory/pro-fibrotic patterns.

Contact a Trial Team

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International Sites

Innsbruck, Austria




Medical University Innsbruck, Department of Internal Medicine II

Innsbruck, , 6020

Site Contact

Graziella Plank


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