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Urokinase Therapy in Diabetic Foot Syndrome

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: October 1, 2007
Last Update Posted: March 25, 2010
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Information provided by:
medac GmbH
The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a treatment with urokinase (500 000 or 1 000 000 IU) can lead to ulcer-healing, lower rate of major amputation, and prolonged survival in patients with diabetic foot syndrome.

Condition Intervention Phase
Diabetic Foot Arterial Occlusive Disease Ischemia Drug: Urokinase Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Urokinase Therapy for Treatment of Angiopathic or Angioneuropathic Diabetic Foot Syndrome

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Further study details as provided by medac GmbH:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of patients being alive, having no major amputation and healed ulceration [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Each of overall survival, major amputation rate, survival free of major amputation rate, rate of ulcer healing, and safety [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Enrollment: 77
Study Start Date: February 2002
Study Completion Date: December 2006
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Interventional group
Drug: Urokinase

Daily intravenous application of urokinase over 30 minutes


If plasma fibrinogen is > 2,5g/l application of 1 000 000 IU Urokinase If plasma fibrinogen is < 2,5g/l application of 500 000 IU Urokinase If plasma fibrinogen is < 1,6g/l treatment must be stopped and continued after rising up to >2g/l

Detailed Description:
Patients with diabetic foot ulceration and critical limb ischemia have a high risk of major amputation especially if limbs cannot be revascularized. Urokinase is effective in improving the microcirculation in critical limb ischemia by lowering fibrinogen and might improve outcomes. There are however no data on the efficacy and safety of urokinase treatment in terms of survival free of major amputation, ulcer healing and the rate of minor and major bleeding. Therefore this trial is conducted to investigate the effect of urokinase treatment on these parameters.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • angiopathic or angioneuropathic diabetic foot lesions
  • critical limb ischemia
  • no surgical or interventional treatment option

Exclusion Criteria:

  • feasibility of vascular surgery or angioplasty
  • prior treatment of the current ulceration with urokinase
  • need for dialysis
  • creatinine > 180µmol/l
  • any kind of cerebral event less than three months before inclusion into the study
  • proliferative retinopathy (not remediated)
  • uncontrolled hypertension
  • hemorrhagic diathesis
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • need for oral anticoagulation
  • mental disorders
  • pregnancy
  • participation in another study
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00537498

Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus UniversitätsGefäßcentrum
Dresden, Germany, 01307
Sponsors and Collaborators
medac GmbH
Principal Investigator: Sebastian M. Schellong, Professor Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus TU Dresden UniversitätsGefäßcentrum
  More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00537498     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MC-UK.2/AVK
First Submitted: September 28, 2007
First Posted: October 1, 2007
Last Update Posted: March 25, 2010
Last Verified: September 2007

Keywords provided by medac GmbH:
urokinase, diabetes, wound healing, major amputation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetic Foot
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Diabetic Angiopathies
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Foot Ulcer
Leg Ulcer
Skin Ulcer
Skin Diseases
Diabetes Complications
Diabetes Mellitus
Endocrine System Diseases
Diabetic Neuropathies