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Pilot Study Using a Heat Pack to Treat Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (HECT)

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Expanded Access Status : Available
First Posted : January 17, 2011
Last Update Posted : January 17, 2011
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Brief Summary:
Current standard therapies with chemotherapy (CT) for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) are expensive, toxic/allergenic, frequently ineffective, burdensome, and often unavailable. Thermotherapy is a clinically validated first line alternative for the treatment of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in South America. However, current heat-delivery modalities are either too costly or lack governmental approval required to be made widely available to endemic areas. The investigators have adapted a reliable, safe, and low-cost heat pack for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis that the investigators have named the HECT-CL device. In this pilot study the investigators will enroll 25 patients who have either failed or are not candidates for pentivalent antimonies. The hypothesis states that the HECT-CL device demonstrates efficacy non-statistically inferior to estimates for current South American Pentavalent Antimonial cure rates (76%) while demonstrating basic safety and tolerability.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Device: Heat pack conduction-heat therapy

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Study Type : Expanded Access
Official Title: Pilot Study of Thermotherapy Treatment for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Peru With the HECT-CL Device

Intervention Details:
  • Device: Heat pack conduction-heat therapy
    Hand warmer heat pack with reliable (and monitored) temperature (50-52 degrees Celsius) will be applied to lesion borders for 3 minutes (fractionated to 90 second intervals or less) every day, for 7 consecutive days.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 80 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

Inclusion Criteria:

  • with CL diagnosed by skin smear (WHO method), biopsy, culture, PCR
  • aged 8-80 years old
  • with no more than 3 lesions
  • ulcerative and non-ulcerative ulcers less than 4 cm diameter.
  • allergy, prohibitive side effects to standard chemotherapy, or other contraindication to antimonial treatment (e.g. cardiac arrhythmia)
  • capable of signing an informed consent or having capable guardians (in the case of minors).
  • Children ≥ 8 years of age must give written or verbal informed assent along with written consent of their guardians.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • lesions less than 2cm from the nose, mouth, ears, or eyes.
  • clinically diagnosed with mucosal involvement.
  • evidence of lymph node involvement on exam.
  • unable or unwilling to commit to the treatment and follow-up plan.
  • prior CL treatment within last 1 month.
  • pregnant or lactating
  • uncontrolled severe systemic illness or immunocompromised state.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01277796

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Contact: Alejandro Llanos-Cuentas, MD, PhD 51-1-482-7739

Sponsors and Collaborators
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Principal Investigator: Alejandro Llanos-Cuentas, MD, PhD Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Principal Investigator: Witzig Richard, MD, MPH Tulane Medical School
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Responsible Party: Richard Witzig, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine., Infectious Diseases Section, Tulane School of Medicine. Identifier: NCT01277796    
Other Study ID Numbers: 032-08
First Posted: January 17, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 17, 2011
Last Verified: January 2011
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous
Euglenozoa Infections
Protozoan Infections
Parasitic Diseases
Skin Diseases, Parasitic
Skin Diseases, Infectious
Skin Diseases