Keloid clinical trials at UCSD
1 research study open to eligible people
open to eligible people ages 18-80
Keloids are a common form of hypertrophic scars that by definition last beyond 6 months and grow beyond the site of initial injury. Keloids are a common complaint from patients in dermatology and cause significant functional impairment due to cosmetic disfigurement, itching and pain. Current treatment modalities include intralesional corticosteroids, chemotherapeutic agents and laser therapy. Initial reports have demonstrated that Botulinum toxin type A may be a viable treatment option for keloids that can reduce keloid size and reduce associated symptoms while having fewer side effects when compared to intralesional corticosteroid injection, which can cause unnatural blood vessel growth or skin thinning. To date, no study has carefully examined the efficacy of Botulinum toxin type A in treating keloids or its mechanistic effects on keloid biology. Our aim in this study is to pursue a rigorous, randomized control trial to assess the potential use Botulinum toxin type A to treat keloids. Efficacy will be objectively be mentioned by change in keloid size after treatment, along with subjective measures of patient satisfaction and symptoms, and finally physician rated scores. Also, samples from three patients will be analyzed in the laboratory setting to determine the underlying molecular mechanism behind the effects of Botulinum toxin type A on keloid biology.
San Diego, California
Our lead scientists for Keloid research studies include Arisa Ortiz.