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In Vivo Imaging of Pigmentary Disorders by Reflectance Confocal Microscopy

This study has been terminated.
(Lack of study staff.)
Information provided by:
Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: October 9, 2008
Last updated: March 28, 2011
Last verified: March 2011
This is a pilot study to evaluate the findings of the Reflectance Confocal Microscopy when performed in cutaneous pigmentary disorders, such as vitiligo, melasma, post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation and hypo-pigmentation. Confocal Microscopy is a recent diagnostic technique that has been used for observation of skin conditions that affect the superficial layers of the skin.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: In Vivo Imaging of Pigmentary Disorders by Reflectance Confocal Microscopy

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To describe characteristic features seen by confocal microscopy of several pigmentary disorders. [ Time Frame: study visit ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: August 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Subjects with vitiligo.
Subjects with melasma.
Subjects with post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
Subjects with post-inflammatory hypo-pigmentation.


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Subjects 20-70 years of age with the clinical diagnosis of vitiligo, melasma, post-inflammatory hypo or depigmentation or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will be recruited from Dermatology practice at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Subjects 20-70 years of age.
  2. Clinical diagnosis of vitiligo, melasma, post-inflammatory hypo or depigmentation or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
  3. Willing and able to understand and sign informed consent.
  4. Able to complete study and comply with study procedures.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Use of topical therapies such as corticosteroids, protopic, hydroquinone and azelaic acid within the past 2 months.
  2. Use of light therapy such as narrow-band-UVB, PUVA or laser within the past 2 months.
  3. Intake of medications that can cause pigmentary changes within the past year. Examples are:

    • Antimalarials (chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine)
    • Chemotherapeutics (bleomycin, busulfan, doxorubicin, daunorubicin, fluorouracil, cyclophosphamide, and carmustine)
    • Heavy metals (gold, silver, bismuth, and mercury)
    • Tetracyclines (including minocycline, doxycycline)
    • Amiodarone
    • Azidothymidine
    • Clofazimine
  4. Clinically significant abnormal findings or conditions (other than the pigmentary disorder), which might, in the opinion of the Principal Investigator, interfere with study evaluations or pose a risk to subject safety during the study.
  5. Subjects who are known to be pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00771355

United States, Massachusetts
Clinical Unit for Research Trials in Skin
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Ernesto Gonzalez, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ernesto Gonzalez, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00771355     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008-P-001137/1
Study First Received: October 9, 2008
Last Updated: March 28, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pigmentation Disorders
Skin Diseases processed this record on April 27, 2017