COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC:

Get the latest research information from NIH: Menu

Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of Using Seraffix LTB - System for Excisional Biopsy Wounds Closure

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00525434
Recruitment Status : Terminated (sponsor has decide to pospone this study)
First Posted : September 5, 2007
Last Update Posted : June 9, 2011
Information provided by:

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of using Seraffix LTB system for excisional biopsy wounds closure

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Dehiscence, Surgical Wound Device: Seraffix LTB Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Excisional biopsy of the skin is a biopsy in which an entire lesion is removed. An excisional biopsy is in contrast to an incisional biopsy in which only a sample of tissue is cut into and removed. It is most frequently done to diagnose a skin growth such as a mole, or cancer of the skin.

The most common method of wound closure of skin excisions is interrupted nonabsorbable sutures. The sutures should be removed as soon as adequate intrinsic bonding strength is sufficient, depending mostly on the specific body region (from 5-7 days for the face and up to 12-14 days for trunk and extremities).

Laser energy, also known as laser welding, has been used on limited basis as an alternative to traditional wound closure method. There have been two fundamental approaches to laser assisted bonding of tissues:

  1. Laser welding-heating the approximated edges of cuts in tissues by a laser beam;
  2. Laser soldering- applying a biological solder onto the approximated edges and heating the solder (and the underlying tissue).

Seraffix has developed the Seraffix LTB (Laser Tissue Bonding) System - a laser system for soft tissue bonding. This innovative system includes features that make laser soldering suitable for clinical use. The Seraffix system is composed of CO2 laser device, propriety grip device (Clamps) and soldering agent (Human Albumin).

Layout table for study information
Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 10 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of Using Seraffix LTB - (Laser Tissue Bonding) System for Excisional Biopsy Wounds Closure
Study Start Date : November 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2009

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: A Device: Seraffix LTB
wounds closure by using laser and albumin

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Primary study endpoint will be to establish the safety of using the Seraffix System for excisional biopsy wounds closure. Safety will be established by paucity of serious adverse events and adverse events. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. 1. Re-intervention: A subject is scored a success (1) if he had No Re-intervention by 3 months; otherwise he is scored a failure (0). 2. Wound dehiscence of at least 50% of wound length: [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Information from the National Library of Medicine

Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contacts provided below. For general information, Learn About Clinical Studies.

Layout table for eligibility information
Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Male/Female age 18-60.
  2. Subject is scheduled for excisional biopsy surgery.
  3. Subject able to comprehend and give informed consent for participation in this study.
  4. Signed informed consent form.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Unstable angina and/or congestive heart failure requiring hospitalization within the last 6 months prior to screening.
  2. Acute infection requiring intravenous antibiotics at the time of screening.
  3. Bleeding, coagulation and or clotting disorders.
  4. Diabetes mellitus: IDDM or NIDDM.
  5. HIV positive or any other immunosuppressive disorder.
  6. Renal failure (Serum creatinine >2.0 mg/dl).
  7. Inflammatory and or allergic diseases or condition of the skin: Psoriasis, Eczema or dermatitis.
  8. Any concomitant infection - viral or bacterial.
  9. Drug abuse.
  10. Use of steroids.
  11. Infection / abscess / pain in treatment target area.
  12. Pregnancy or lactating.
  13. History of keloid scarring.
  14. Use of aspirin or antioxidants
  15. Subject is suffering extreme general weakness.
  16. Subject objects to the study protocol.
  17. Known cognitive or psychiatric disorder
  18. Concurrent participation in any other clinical study.
  19. Physician objection.

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00525434

Layout table for location information
RAMBAM Medical center
Haifa, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Layout table for investigator information
Principal Investigator: Yehuda Ullmann, Dr. RAMBAM Medical Center, Haifa Israel
Layout table for additonal information
Responsible Party: Dr. Hanna Levy, Clinical Study Consultant, Seraffix Identifier: NCT00525434    
Other Study ID Numbers: SF-EB -01
First Posted: September 5, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 9, 2011
Last Verified: May 2008
Keywords provided by Seraffix:
Laser bonding soft tissue albumin
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Layout table for MeSH terms
Surgical Wound Dehiscence
Surgical Wound
Wounds and Injuries
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes