Study of the Use of Low Level Laser Light Therapy to Treat Toenail Fungus

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Erchonia Corporation Identifier:
First received: February 14, 2012
Last updated: March 13, 2013
Last verified: March 2013
The purpose of this study is to determine whether low level laser light is effective in the treatment of toenail fungus.

Condition Intervention
Device: Erchonia FSS Laser

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Evaluation of the Effect of the Erchonia FSS™ on Treating Toenail Onychomycosis Clinical Study

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Further study details as provided by Erchonia Corporation:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Mean % increased clear nail at 6 months post final laser treatment administration. [ Time Frame: 27 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Mean per cent (%) increased clear nail at 6 months post final laser treatment administration (approximately 27 weeks post final treatment administration)determined from photographs.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • mm of clear nail bed [ Time Frame: 27 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change in mm of clear nail bed from Baseline to 27-week post final treatment administration (study endpoint) as measured from digital photographs.

Enrollment: 105
Study Start Date: April 2011
Study Completion Date: April 2012
Primary Completion Date: April 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Erchonia FSS Laser
Application of active low level laser therapy light to the affected toenail.
Device: Erchonia FSS Laser
The Erchonia FSS™ is activated such that the laser light is directed at the great toenail at a distance of approximately 6 inches above the toenail. The dual wavelengths of 405 nm and 635nm are activated simultaneously for 10 minutes of total treatment administration time.

Detailed Description:
An infection of toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, occurs when fungi infect one or more nails. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into the nail, it may cause nail discoloration, thickening and the development of crumbling edges, all of which can lead to an unsightly and potentially painful problem. Onychomycosis is difficult to treat, and infections recur easily. Toenail fungus affects approximately 23 million people in the US - about 10% of all adults. Currently available treatments for toenail fungus are lacking. Even the most effective oral medications are successful only about half of the time. Topical medications are successful less than 10% of the time. Recently, research has found laser therapy to show promise as a novel alternative treatment for toenail onychomycosis. Unlike medication-driven treatments for toenail fungus which can have many side effects including serious ones such as liver toxicity, laser therapy presents minimal risk of side effects. Laser therapy is applied to toenail onychomycosis by shining a laser light through the toenail. The laser light vaporizes the fungus while leaving the skin and surrounding tissue unharmed.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Onychomycosis present in at least one great toenail.
  • Disease involvement is at least 25%.
  • Subject is willing and able to refrain from employing other (non-study) treatments (traditional or alternative) for his or her toenail onychomycosis throughout study participation.
  • Subject is willing and able to refrain from the use of nail cosmetics such as clear and/or colored nail lacquers throughout study participation.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Spikes of disease extending to nail matrix.
  • Infection involving lunula, e.g., genetic nail disorders, primentary disorders.
  • Less than 2mm clear (unaffected) nail plate length beyond the proximal fold.
  • Presence of dermatophytoma (thick masses of fungal hyphae and necrotic keratin between the nail plate and nail bed).
  • Chronic plantar (moccasin) tinea pedis.
  • History of current or past psoriasis of the skin and/or nails.
  • Concurrent lichen planus.
  • Onychogryphosis.
  • Any of the following conditions of the great toenail:
  • proximal subungual onychomycosis
  • white superficial onychomycosis
  • dermatophytoma or "yellow spike/streak"
  • exclusively lateral disease
  • confounding problems/abnormalities of the great toenail(s).
  • Any abnormality that could prevent a normal appearing nail if clearing of infection is achieved.
  • Inability for the toenail to become normal in the opinion of the investigator.
  • History of multiple repeated failures with previous therapies for onychomycosis.
  • Trauma to the affected great toenail(s).
  • Use of oral antifungal agents in the past 6 months.
  • Use of topical antifungal agents in the past 1 month.
  • Prior surgical treatment of the affected great toe(s).
  • Cancer and/or treatment of any type of cancer within the last six months.
  • Peripheral vascular disease or peripheral circulatory impairment.
  • History of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
  • Known immunodeficiency.
  • Known sensitivity, or contraindication, to light therapy.
  • Pregnant, breast feeding, or planning pregnancy prior to the end of study participation.
  • Serious mental health illness such as dementia or schizophrenia; psychiatric hospitalization in the past two years.
  • Developmental disability or cognitive impairment that would preclude adequate comprehension of the informed consent form and/or ability to follow study subject requirements and/or record the necessary study measurements.
  • Involvement in litigation and/or receiving disability benefits related in any way to the parameters of the study.
  • Participation in a clinical study or other type of research in the past 30 days.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01534689

United States, Arizona
Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians
Mesa, Arizona, United States, 85204
Sponsors and Collaborators
Erchonia Corporation
Principal Investigator: Kerry Zang, DPM
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Erchonia Corporation Identifier: NCT01534689     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EC_TF_001
Study First Received: February 14, 2012
Last Updated: March 13, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nail Diseases
Skin Diseases
Skin Diseases, Infectious
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