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Treatment Study Comparing UVA-1 Phototherapy Versus Placebo Treatment for Morphea

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified December 2014 by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Identifier:
First received: February 22, 2013
Last updated: December 2, 2014
Last verified: December 2014

This is a randomized, blinded, and controlled trial to assess the efficacy and safety of UVA1 phototherapy in the treatment of active morphea in adults and children. Forty patients will be randomized to receive either medium dose (70 J/cm2) phototherapy (active UVA1 phototherapy) with an ultraviolet translucent acrylic screen or "sham" UVA1 (0 J/cm2) phototherapy with an ultraviolet opaque acrylic screen 3 times per week for 10 weeks. The phototherapists, patients, and principal investigator will be blinded to whether the patients receive active or sham UVA1 phototherapy. Patients will only be allowed to apply emollients during the study.

Patients completing the randomized placebo controlled trial (RPCT) will be followed during an open observation period for 3 months. During the open phase, all outcome measures from the RPCT (LoSSI, PGA-A) will be assessed every 5 weeks as well as adverse events. Patients who received sham UVA1 phototherapy will be invited to receive active UVA1 phototherapy using the same protocol as in the RPCT during the open observation. Adult patients enrolled in the RPCT will also be part of a nested translational study investigating the effect of UVA1 phototherapy on gene expression from whole skin biopsies taken before (Study Visit 1) and after UVA1 phototherapy (Study Visit 3). Gene expression profiles will be compared in lesional skin before and after treatment as well as nonlesional skin.

Condition Intervention
Scleroderma, Localized Morphea Scleroderma, Circumscribed Procedure: UVA-1 Phototherapy Procedure: Placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: Something New Under the Sun: A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Controlled Trial of UVA1 Phototherapy in Morphea

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Further study details as provided by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine the effect of UVA1 phototherapy in patients with morphea using a validated clinical outcome measure, the Localized Scleroderma Severity Index (LoSSI) [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
    Forty patients will be randomized to receive either active (n=20) or sham (n=20) medium dose UVA1 phototherapy three times a week for 10 weeks followed by a 3 month open follow up. The primary outcome measure is mean change in Localized Scleroderma Severity Index (LoSSI), a validated clinical score of morphea activity, from baseline versus after 30 treatments.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine the effect of UVA1 phototherapy on physician's global assessment of disease activity (PGA-A) in the same group of patients and controls. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
    PGA-A has been validated for content validity, reliability, and sensitivity to change. This will serve as a secondary outcome.

  • To use gene expression profiling to characterize pathways and mechanisms that are involved in the therapeutic effect of UVA1 phototherapy. [ Time Frame: 3 years ]
    The molecular mechanisms underlying the efficacy of UVA1 phototherapy in morphea are incompletely understood. To identify UVA1-induced molecular pathways that may account for its efficacy, we will perform gene expression profiling using RNA derived from affected and nonlesional whole skin from patients with morphea before and after UVA1 phototherapy.

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: May 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: UVA-1 Phototherapy
Receive medium dose UVA-1 (70 J/cm2) 3x/week for 10 weeks
Procedure: UVA-1 Phototherapy
Sham Comparator: Placebo
Receive "sham" UVA1 phototherapy (0 J/cm2) 3x/week for 10 weeks
Procedure: Placebo


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 95 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of at least one active morphea lesion (linear, plaque, generalized, or mixed subtypes) confirmed by the primary investigator and/or by histopathological examination. Morphea lesions are clinically distinctive and therefore biopsy will only be performed if the diagnosis is in doubt.
  • Age > 6 years at enrollment
  • Male or female
  • Patient or legal guardian must be able to speak and read English or Spanish at a 6th grade reading level. A translator will be available with additional consent forms in Spanish.
  • Both male and female patients will be eligible
  • All races and ethnic backgrounds will be included
  • Ability to give informed consent: Patients must be able to give informed consent or they will give assent with parent or guardian consent as a minor to be a part of the study (if > 10 -17 years).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age < 6 years at enrollment. (Patients under the age of 6 years will be excluded because study participants must be able to comply with the use of protective goggles and lie still during UVA1 phototherapy.)
  • Presence of morphea profunda or eosinophilic fasciitis
  • Contraindication to UVA1 phototherapy, including personal history of melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer, history of photosensitive disorders (systemic lupus erythematosus, porphyrias, polymorphic light eruption, xeroderma pigmentosum, and the like), history of any type of organ transplant (solid organ or bone marrow).
  • Current or <2 months prior use of systemic immunosuppressive therapy (methotrexate, prednisone mycophenolate mofetil, etc) or UVA1 phototherapy <2 months prior to enrollment.
  • Prior failed UVA1 phototherapy (defined as requiring initiation of systemic therapy during or within 1 month of completion of prior course of UVA1 phototherapy).
  • Presence of the following related to diagnosis of morphea: systemic manifestations (arthritis, uveitis, CNS changes, and the like), limited range of motion, contracture, limb length discrepancy requiring oral systemic therapy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01799174

Contact: Heidi Jacobe, MD, MSCS 214.633.1837

United States, Texas
UT Southwestern Medical Center - Department of Dermatology Recruiting
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75390-9069
Contact: Heidi Jacobe, MD, MSCS    214-633-1837   
Principal Investigator: Heidi Jacobe, MD, MSCS         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Identifier: NCT01799174     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 022012025
Study First Received: February 22, 2013
Last Updated: December 2, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Scleroderma, Systemic
Scleroderma, Diffuse
Scleroderma, Localized
Connective Tissue Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on September 19, 2017