Early Detection of Acute Exacerbation in Patients With Idiopathic Lung Fibrosis - a Pilot Study

Study Purpose

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic disease, leading to poor lung function with a median survival of 2-3 years. Acute exacerbation of idiopathic IPF is a complication associated with a mortality rate > 50%. So far, the appearance of an acute exacerbation is unpredictable. Worsening of the IPF accompanies with a decrease of the FVC-value, the lung capacity. So far, studies are missing investigating the correlation between a decrease of the FVC-value and emerging acute exacerbations. Therefore, this study uses daily home spirometry to investigate that correlation. With this study the investigators hope to determine acute exacerbations early and treat patients early.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

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Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years - 85 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Ability to understand the study - diagnosis of IPF - Age > 18 years - FVC < 70% - DLCO-SB <60% - Ability to work with a tablet and home spirometer

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patient does not understand the study - Patient cannot participate in study related processes - pulmonary infection within the last 4 weeks - acute exacerbation within the last 4 weeks - obstructive Ventilation disorders - other respiratory decline within the last 4 weeks - relevant malignancy within the last 5 years

Trial Details

Trial ID:

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Lead Sponsor

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Heidelberg University
Principal Investigator

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

Michael Kreuter, Prof.
Principal Investigator Affiliation Heidelberg University
Agency Class

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

Overall Status Recruiting
Countries Germany

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

Acute Exacerbation, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Home Spirometry
Additional Details

This study is a multi-Center study happening on five different sites, Heidelberg, Gießen, Grosshansdorf, München, and Hannover, all in Germany. Each site recuits ten patients for a total of 50 patients. All patients will receive a tablet and a spirometer for daily home spirometry. Each patient is supposed to do the home spirometry at the same time every morning. The spirometer and the tablet are connected via Bluetooth and data will be transferred to a webpage after the measurement, that team members have access to the data and can see the progress daily. Alerts will be automatically send to team members, if the FVC-value decreases about 5% or more within three consecutive days or if the patient does not do the measurement on three consecutive days. Study period is one year. In addition to the home spirometry, patients will conduct a survey to measure health related quality of life (K-BILD). This questionnaire will be conducted at baseline and then every 12 weeks. Every 4 weeks the patients are participating in a phone interview to record changes in medication and condition. At baseline and after 3, 6, 9, and 12 months, patients will conduct a 6 minutes walking test, lung function test, blood will be drawn for biomarker analysis, and sputum, nasal swab, and a urine sample will be collected and analyzed. Aim is to detect and treat an acute exacerbation early.

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International Sites

CPC Comprehensive Pneumology Center, München, Germany




CPC Comprehensive Pneumology Center

München, ,

Site Contact

Jürgen Behr, Prof.


089 3187 #1889

Medical University Hannover, Hannover, Germany




Medical University Hannover

Hannover, ,

Site Contact

Antje Prasse, Prof.


+49 511 532 #3536

LungenClinic Grosshansdorf, Grosshansdorf, Germany




LungenClinic Grosshansdorf

Grosshansdorf, ,

Site Contact

Heike Biller, Dr.


+49 4102-601 #2414

University of Gießen-Marburg, Gießen, Germany




University of Gießen-Marburg

Gießen, ,

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