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Phase II Pilot Study of Extracorporeal Phototherapy for Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita

2014-08-27 03:58:15 | BioPortfolio

Summary

OBJECTIVES: I. Evaluate immunomodulation with extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP) in patients with epidermolysis bullosa acquisita.

II. Investigate the effect of ECP on lymphocyte activity.

Description

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: Oral methoxsalen (8-MOP) is administered 90 minutes prior to leukapheresis. Blood mononuclear cells are exposed to ultraviolet A light for 3 hours, then returned to the patient. The process is repeated on 2 successive days.

Patients are re-treated every 3 to 4 weeks for a total of 6 treatments or until the skin has cleared.

Study Design

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita

Intervention

methoxsalen

Status

Completed

Source

Office of Rare Diseases (ORD)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:58:15-0400

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