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Clinical Trial of New Elastomer for Maxillofacial Prosthetics

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 June 2011 by University of Louisville.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
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University of Louisville Identifier:
First received: July 21, 2005
Last updated: June 10, 2011
Last verified: June 2011
The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new rubber material used to make prosthetic replacements of the face lost to cancer, trauma, or birth defects.

Condition Intervention Phase
Facial Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Head Injuries, Penetrating
Birth Injuries
Device: Chlorinated polyethylene elastomer
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Multicenter Trial of CPE for Maxillofacial Prosthetics

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Further study details as provided by University of Louisville:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Non-inferiority of chlorinated polyethylene elastomer (CPE) material [ Time Frame: 10 month ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: February 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Device: Chlorinated polyethylene elastomer
    Chlorinated polyethylene
Detailed Description:

Maxillofacial prosthetics is a subspecialty of prosthodontics, providing the clinical rehabilitation treatment of patients who have lost parts of the face due to cancer, trauma, or birth defects. It is an orphan field that:

  • treats few patients, making the subspecialty unprofitable for manufacturers to develop new materials;
  • offers fundamental rehabilitation and improvement in the quality of life to patients who may have exhausted personal or third party funding; and
  • provides a dental solution to an essentially medical problem.

Silicone rubber materials have been used for facial rehabilitation for more than 4 decades with few improvements. There is a clear need for new, alternative, and more economic materials for extraoral maxillofacial prostheses. Research at Gulf South Research Institute in New Orleans by the Principal Investigator and others in the 1970s and 1980s developed an alternative low-cost thermoplastic industrial rubber material (chlorinated polyethylene, CPE) that met all toxicological (safety) and physical (effectiveness) requirements. A Phase 2 clinical trial at the time yielded equivocal results when compared to conventional but costly silicone rubber products.

This research is a controlled, randomized, single-crossover, double-blinded investigator-initiated multicenter Phase 3 clinical trial treating 100 patients that evaluates:

  • experimental thermoplastic CPE; and
  • control silicone (Silastic Adhesive A/MDX4-4210) materials for non-inferiority of CPE based on functional and subjective characteristics, and on the quality of life.

The clinical centers of the trial are at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada.


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Requires treatment for developmental or acquired extraoral facial defect
  • Fully healed wound (6 months after surgery and/or radiation)
  • Defect no larger than 9 x 12 cm (3.5 x 4.5 inches, the diameter of a giant bronze flask)
  • Cognizant enough to answer questionnaires
  • Agrees to wear the prosthesis at least 6 hours per day
  • Agrees to use the prescribed adhesive (Epithane-3 - now called Daro Adhesive Extra Strength) and clean and store as instructed
  • Plans to be able to return to the research institution for a 10 month period
  • Able to manage prosthesis him/herself or with caregiver for a 10 month period
  • Karnofsky score greater than or equal to 60 (
  • No framework or implant/magnet retention
  • No multiple recurrences of tumor
  • No hypersensitivity to adhesives or test materials
  • No current systemic or topical facial steroid treatment
  • Not legally blind
  • Not expected to have further surgeries to defect, radiation therapy, or other cytoreductive therapy over the next 10 months
  • No evidence of active skin condition/disease
  • Not an infectious risk patient
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00123097

United States, Kentucky
University of Louisville
Louisville,, Kentucky, United States, 40292-0001
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Louisville
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Study Chair: Sudarat Kiat-amnuay, DDS MS University of Texas Dental Branch
Study Chair: Mark S Chambers, DMD MS MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dept. of Head & Neck Surgery
Principal Investigator: James D Anderson, DDS MScD Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre
Principal Investigator: Lawrence Gettleman, DMD, MSD University of Louisville, School of Dentistry
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Lawrence Gettleman, DMD, MSD, University of Louisville Identifier: NCT00123097     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00408486
Other Study ID Numbers: NIDCR-14543
U01DE014543 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
5U01DE014543 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: July 21, 2005
Last Updated: June 10, 2011

Keywords provided by University of Louisville:
Facial Neoplasms
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Head Injuries, Penetrating
Birth Injuries

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Craniocerebral Trauma
Facial Neoplasms
Head Injuries, Penetrating
Birth Injuries
Neoplasms by Site
Trauma, Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Wounds, Penetrating
Infant, Newborn, Diseases processed this record on March 27, 2017