Virus Early Transcription Factor (VETF) Multicenter Phototherapy Protocol (VETF)

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2010 by Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 5, 2007
Last Update Posted : June 2, 2010
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Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri

September 4, 2007
September 5, 2007
June 2, 2010
April 2007
December 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
The percentage of repigmentation on the target lesions will be evaluated at the end of each treatment in both groups. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
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Virus Early Transcription Factor (VETF) Multicenter Phototherapy Protocol
Continuative vs Sequential Phototherapy in Non-segmental Vitiligo Patients


Phototherapy UVB TL01 currently represents the first choice in treatment to induce the repigmentation of vitiligo spots. The problem though is that there are no systems or scales which enable an objective evaluation of the therapy, commonly known as percentage of repigmentation.

Recently, a European Task Force (VETF, Vitiligo European Task Force) of experts on vitiligo, within the European Society of Pigmentation, has proposed a gravity classification on the basis of three parameters/standards - extension, progression and the level of depigmentation - and used to classify patients in ten European centres. The aim of the trial is to validate the VETF scoring system set up in relation with the therapeutic answer to the standard treatment for vitiligo and phototherapy.

Leaving aside short term side effects, such as sunrush/erythema and sunburn, which are reversible and infrequent, the main problem with phototherapy is represented by the cumulative long term effects of ultraviolet rays. These can cause premature ageing of the skin (photoaging) and the appearance of skin cancer/neoplasia. Therefore the aim is to get the best results from phototherapy whilst limiting its length.

Aims of the trial:

  1. To validate the VETF scoring system. As phototherapy is currently the only universally accepted treatment for vitiligo, it seems logical to test the VETF scoring system first to evaluate the effectiveness of phototherapy.
  2. Secondly, the target of this multicentric trial is to compare the effectiveness of two different phototherapy protocols; a first protocol foresees non-stop treatment for 6 months; a second protocol foresees periods of interruption during the treatment. This will help to verify whether interrupting a cycle of phototherapy is useful or not.

This interruption might make the ultraviolet rays more effective 'stimulus on the melanocytes', and may also reduce long term damage caused by phototherapy.

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Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Genetic: Sequential phototherapy
    Group A: 2 months treatment-1 month no treatment-2 months treatment-1 month no treatment
  • Procedure: Continuous phototherapy
    Group B: 6 months non-stop treatment.
  • Experimental: A
    Group A: 2 months treatment-1 month no treatment-2 months treatment-1 month no treatment
    Intervention: Genetic: Sequential phototherapy
  • Active Comparator: B
    Group B: 6 months non-stop treatment.
    Intervention: Procedure: Continuous phototherapy
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June 2011
December 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged between 18 and 60 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Phototype I
  • Previous treatment with any kind of phototherapy in the last 6 months.
  • Patients with counter indications for PUVA or phototherapy (history of skin cancer, pregnancy, etc.).
  • Acral vitiligo (only hands and feet are affected).
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
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Dott. Mauro Picardo, Istituto San Gallicano - Roma
Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri
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Study Chair: Mauro Picardo, MD Istituto San Gallicano - Rome - Italy
Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri
June 2010

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