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The Role of Fractional Vascular Laser Therapy in the Management of Burn Scars

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified November 2016 by University of Manitoba
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Sarvesh Logsetty, University of Manitoba Identifier:
First received: June 12, 2012
Last updated: November 11, 2016
Last verified: November 2016

While the literature tends to support the use of laser therapy in the management of burn scars, there is a definite lack of appropriately powered, randomized controlled trials. Laser therapy can be quite expensive when compared to other treatment modalities for burn scars, and while promising, its true usefulness has yet to be conclusively demonstrated. For this reason, our assessing the effects of fractional vascular lasers on burn scars. It has been hypothesized that the fractional vascular lasers work on mature scars to decrease scar formation, and the fractional laser works on scar that is quiescent to promote remodelling. The retexturing/ resurfacing of the laser theoretically can decrease the visibility of the mesh pattern created by meshed split thickness skin graft).


To determine the benefit of fractional vascular laser treatment in improving burn scar height, texture, vascularity and pliability in late burn scars.

Condition Intervention Phase
Burn Scar
Device: Fractional Vascular Laser
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Role of Fractional Vascular Laser Therapy in the Management of Burn Scars

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Further study details as provided by University of Manitoba:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • reduction in scar appearance [ Time Frame: every 3 weeks to 15 weeks ]
    examine with modified Vancouver Scar Scale

Estimated Enrollment: 12
Study Start Date: November 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Proximal
location of the scar proximal to heart
Device: Fractional Vascular Laser
laser energy will be applied to one of 2 sites (proximal or distal) depending on randomization result
Experimental: Distal
location of scar distal to heart
Device: Fractional Vascular Laser
laser energy will be applied to one of 2 sites (proximal or distal) depending on randomization result


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • living in Winnipeg
  • burn scar 6-12 months old
  • Fitzpatrick skin type I-III
  • thermal burn scar on trunk or extremities

Exclusion Criteria:

  • open wound
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01619917

Contact: Justin Gawaziuk, MSc 2047893669

Canada, Manitoba
University of Manitoba Recruiting
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3A 1R9
Contact: Justin P Gawaziuk, MSc    2037873669   
Principal Investigator: Sarvesh Logsetty, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Manitoba
Principal Investigator: S Logsetty, MD University of Manitoba
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Sarvesh Logsetty, Principal Investigator, University of Manitoba Identifier: NCT01619917     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: B2011: 075
Study First Received: June 12, 2012
Last Updated: November 11, 2016

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Pathologic Processes processed this record on May 24, 2017