Journal article

Sleep and pulmonary outcomes for clinical trials of airway plexiform neurofibromas in NF1

Scott R Plotkin, Stephanie D Davis, Kent A Robertson, Srivandana Akshintala, Julian Allen, Michael J Fisher, Jaishri O Blakeley, Brigitte C Widemann, Rosalie E Ferner, Carole L Marcus

Neurology | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Plexiform neurofibromas (PNs) are complex, benign nerve sheath tumors that occur in approximately 25%-50% of individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). PNs that cause airway compromise or pulmonary dysfunction are uncommon but clinically important. Because improvement in sleep quality or airway function represents direct clinical benefit, measures of sleep and pulmonary function may be more meaningful than tumor size as endpoints in therapeutic clinical trials targeting airway PN. METHODS: The Response Evaluation in Neurofibromatosis and Schwannomatosis functional outcomes group reviewed currently available endpoints for sleep and pulmonary outcomes and developed consensus r..

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