Infrared Thermography in Finding Skin Lesions in Patients With Kaposi's Sarcoma

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2006 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : December 15, 2005
Last Update Posted : February 9, 2009
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Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Diagnostic procedures, such as infrared thermography, may help find Kaposi's sarcoma and learn the extent of disease.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well infrared thermography finds skin lesions in patients with Kaposi's sarcoma.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Sarcoma Procedure: diagnostic imaging Not Applicable

Detailed Description:



  • Compare ultra-sensitive infrared thermographic images with visible light digital photographic images and clinical dermatologic examination as methods of measuring cutaneous lesions in patients with Kaposi's sarcoma (KS).


  • Compare differences in modulation of temperature detected in KS skin lesions with non-involved skin of the same patient and with normal skin of healthy volunteers by sequential imaging using the infrared thermographic camera.

OUTLINE: This is a controlled, pilot study.

Patients undergo clinical assessment followed by simultaneous digital photographic camera imaging and high-resolution infrared thermographic camera imaging of designated normal skin areas and selected marker lesions. Before imaging, a metal bar chilled to 0º C, 10º C, and 25º C is applied to the lesions and designated normal skin areas for up to 90 seconds.

Healthy volunteers (controls) undergo the same procedure as for the patient except only designated normal skin areas are used.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 20 patients and 10 healthy volunteers (controls) will be accrued for this study.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 30 participants
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Ultra-Sensitive, Infra-Red Thermographic Analysis of Kaposi's Sarcoma Skin Lesions
Study Start Date : November 2004

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Meets 1 of the following criteria:

    • Histologically confirmed cutaneous Kaposi's sarcoma (KS)

      • At least one skin lesion accessible for imaging
      • HIV positivity with proven cutaneous KS and concurrent visceral or mucous membrane involvement allowed
    • Healthy volunteer (regardless of HIV status) (control)


Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Pregnancy allowed


  • Prior topical, intralesional, or systemic treatment allowed

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00265902

United States, Maryland
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21231-2410
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Ciro Martins, MD Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Identifier: NCT00265902     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000452799
First Posted: December 15, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 9, 2009
Last Verified: June 2006

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
Kaposi sarcoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sarcoma, Kaposi
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Herpesviridae Infections
DNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Neoplasms, Vascular Tissue