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A Phase II Study of Imiquimod 5 % Cream for the Treatment of Hemangioma in Infancy

This study has been completed.
Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC
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First received: January 14, 2008
Last updated: January 24, 2008
Last verified: January 2008

Hemangiomas of infancy, the most common benign tumors of infancy, are congenital or early infancy lesions characterized by a rapid postnatal growth, with high expression of angiogenic stimulators for 9-18 months, followed by slow regression for 5-9 years. Current therapies for the hemangiomas are usually restricted to more severe forms due to the risks of adverse effects, inconvenience and cost. Nevertheless, a substantial amount of the psychological discomfort and morbidity can be caused by untreated hemangiomas, especially those in the face.

Recently, Imiquimod 5% cream has emerged as a safe an effective drug for several skin conditions that benefit from modulation of the activity of the immune system, such as common warts and various forms of the skin pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions. Small case reports series have suggest that it could also be useful in hemangiomas, possibly through the inhibition of the angiogenesis by local IFN production.This is a small, open label study of 16 patients to document the efficacy of the Imiquimod 5% cream in the treatment of hemangioma of infancy (primary outcome). IFN and plasma drug levels, as well as clinical examinations and blood studies, will be carried out to evaluate safety of the treatment (secondary outcome). bFGF and VEGF will be measured in blood and urine in order to study the diagnostic and predictive value of these pro-angiogenic factors in the response of hemangiomas to the treatment with Imiquimod (secondary outcome).

The study is a phase II clinical trial of a once a day application of Imiquimod 5% cream, 3 to 7 times per week for a maximum of four months. The study held at the Dermatology Clinic of Sainte-Justine Hospital, and was completed within a 20 months timeframe after IRB approval.

Condition Intervention Phase
Hemangioma, Capillary
Drug: Imiquimod 5% cream
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase II Study of Imiquimod 5 % Cream for the Treatment of Hemangioma in Infancy

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To document the efficacy of Imiquimod 5% cream in the treatment of hemangioma of infancy. [ Time Frame: Cream is applied for 4 months. Visits occured at month 1, 2, 4, and 8. ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • IFN and plasma drug levels, as well as clinical examinations and blood studies, will be carried out to evaluate safety of the treatment. [ Time Frame: 4 months of treatment. Doage done at each study visits (Month 1, 2 .4 and 8). ]
  • bFGF and VEGF will be measured in blood and urine in order to study the diagnostic and predictive value of these pro-angiogenic factors in the response of hemangiomas to the treatment with Imiquimod. [ Time Frame: 4 months of treament with a follow-up at 8 months. ]

Enrollment: 18
Study Start Date: March 2005
Study Completion Date: September 2006
Primary Completion Date: September 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: Imiquimod 5% cream
    Imiquimod 5% cream applied topical on hemangioma once a day , 3 to 7 times a week for a maximum of 4 months.
    Other Names:
    • Imiquimod 5% cream = Aldara
    • Item ID = GH-6203-0328-5, CUP-051119552409
    • DIN number = 02239505
    • Lot number -= GFK026A

Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Months to 12 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy infants aged 2-12 months.
  • Superficial or mixed hemangiomas in proliferative phase (growing in size in the last 1-2 months).
  • Hemangiomas must be less than 10X10 cm and must not be ulcerated.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Preterm infant (less than 36 weeks of gestation).
  • Ulceration of hemangioma prior to treatment.
  • Immunosuppression.
  • Hemangioma located on the eyelid or perianal region.
  • Prior treatment of the hemangioma.
  • Concomitant diseases.
  • Presence of multiple hemangiomas and/or hemangiomas that would require systemic drug treatment.
  • Potential difficulties with follow-up (patient from another town,difficult access to the hospital , etc.).
  • History of allergy to any of the components of the drug preparation.
  • Hemangiomas more than 10X 10 cm or ulcerated before the start of the treatment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00601016

Canada, Quebec
Sainte-Justine Hospital University Center (CHU)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3T 1C5
Sponsors and Collaborators
St. Justine's Hospital
Graceway Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Principal Investigator: Catherine McCuaig, M.D. St. Justine's Hospital
  More Information

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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Catherine McCuaig, Pricipal Investigator, CHU Siante-Justine, CHU Sainte-Justine Identifier: NCT00601016     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1-Mccuaig
Study First Received: January 14, 2008
Last Updated: January 24, 2008

Keywords provided by St. Justine's Hospital:
Infantile hemangioma
Hemangioma of Infancy
benign tumors of infancy
Congenital hemangioma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hemangioma, Capillary
Port-Wine Stain
Neoplasms, Vascular Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Skin Abnormalities
Congenital Abnormalities
Skin Diseases
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents
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