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Randomized Study of Succimer (Dimercaptosuccinic Acid) on Growth of Lead-Poisoned Children

2014-08-27 03:58:09 | BioPortfolio

Summary

OBJECTIVES:

Compare growth of lead-poisoned children receiving succimer (dimercaptosuccinic acid; DMSA) plus standard treatment to those receiving standard treatment only.

Description

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is randomized study. Patients are randomized to receive succimer in addition to standard treatment (arm I) or standard treatment only (arm II).

Succimer is administered orally 3 times a day for 7 days, then twice daily for 19 days. Patients may receive up to 3 courses.

Standard treatment consists of a medical history and physical examination, environmental assessment with modification to reduce lead exposure, dietary modifications to decrease lead absorption, the use of a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement with iron, developmental screening and intervention, and frequent follow up of lead levels.

If blood lead level rises above 45 mcg/dL, patient receives succimer regardless of treatment arm originally assigned.

Patients are followed every 3-4 weeks for 2 months, then every 3 months for 6 months, and then every 6 months thereafter.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Lead Poisoning

Intervention

succimer

Status

Completed

Source

Office of Rare Diseases (ORD)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:58:09-0400

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