A Study to Evaluate the Results of Facial Soft Tissue Reconstruction in Patients Who Have Suffered Traumatic Injury (BTI)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
J. Peter Rubin, MD, University of Pittsburgh
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01345591
First received: April 14, 2011
Last updated: March 19, 2014
Last verified: March 2014
  Purpose

Injuries resulting in facial trauma are common, and can have devastating consequences on your quality of life. While the facial bones can often be reconstructed, physicians strive to find better ways to accurately restore injured facial features.

In this clinical trial funded by the Department of Defense, the investigators are evaluating how effectively fat grafting can restore facial features, and how the filling effect of the fat graft lasts over time in participants with visible facial injuries. All procedures for this research study will be performed at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


Condition Intervention
Facial Injuries
Adipose Tissue
Procedure: Fat Grafting

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Structural Fat Grafting for Craniofacial Trauma

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Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The volume and contour of the fat graft site. [ Time Frame: as assessed 7-21 days, 3 months and 9 months post op. ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of life measures [ Time Frame: as assessed by 7-21 days, 3 months and 9 months post op. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: September 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Fat Grafting Procedure: Fat Grafting

Detailed Description:

The purpose of this research is to evaluate how well the filling effect of the fat remains over time. A person's own fat may be used to improve the appearance of the body by moving it from an area where it is less needed. This is called fat grafting, and it is a common procedure, performed approximately 65,000 times by plastic surgeons in the United State last year. The fat is usually taken from the thighs or abdomen with a small liposuction tube and then moved to an area that has lost volume or fullness due to aging, trauma, surgery, birth defects, or other causes. Typically, the transferred fat results in an increase in volume of the body site being treated.

Fat grafting is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a person's own fat may be used to improve the appearance of the body by moving it from an area where it is less needed. The fat is usually taken from the thighs or abdomen with a small liposuction tube and then moved to an area that has lost shape or fullness due to injury. This procedure is performed through very small incisions that allow a hollow tube to pass through.

Fat grafting is a common cosmetic and reconstructive procedure. It was performed approximately 65,000 times by plastic surgeons in the United States last year. Typically, the transferred fat results in an increase in volume and shape of the body site being treated. The investigators believe this clinical technique of fat grafting could be of significant benefit to patients with facial injuries. The fat grafting procedure being performed in this trial is considered to be research, but not an experimental procedure.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Aged 18 years or older and able to provide informed consent
  2. Have suffered injury resulting in craniofacial volume defects which could be treated with a graft volume of between 5 and 150 cc of lipoaspirate
  3. Be at least 3 months post-injury or post-surgery (from trauma procedures) so that acute edema is resolved
  4. Volume defects are covered by intact skin and do not communicate with oral cavity or sinuses
  5. The three dimensional geometry of the volume defects would allow for treatment with lipoaspirate injection that in a manner that at least two distinct treated areas could be discerned on gross examination and radiographically (e.g. treated regions are on opposite sides of the face, on lower face versus upper face, or separated by a bony landmark such as zygoma. This would include the ability to treat an uninjured contralateral region with lipoaspirate in order to obtain symmetry.
  6. Willing and able to comply with follow up examinations, including radiographic studies -

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Age less than 18 years
  2. Inability to provide informed consent
  3. Craniofacial defects intended for treatment have open wounds or communicate with oral cavity or sinus (note: presence of such a defect in the setting of another defect(s) that meets treatment criteria will not exclude the patient from participating).
  4. Active infection anywhere in the body
  5. Diagnosed with cancer within the last 12 months and /or presently receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment
  6. Known coagulopathy
  7. Pregnancy -
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01345591

Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joseph Peter Rubin, MD Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Faculty appointment-McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: J. Peter Rubin, MD, Principal Investigator, University of Pittsburgh
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01345591     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: W911QY-09-R-0030
Study First Received: April 14, 2011
Last Updated: March 19, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
BTI
Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Battle-injured (BI)
Facial Trauma
Fat Grafts
Autogenous Fat Transfers (AFT)
Wounded warriors

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Facies
Facial Injuries
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Craniocerebral Trauma
Wounds and Injuries

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 22, 2014