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Assessment of the Treatment of Severely Burned With Anabolic Agents on Clinical Outcomes, Recovery and Rehabilitation

Information source: The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
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Condition(s) targeted: Burns

Intervention: Stable Isotope Infusion Study (Procedure); Collection of blood and tissues (Procedure); Radiology testing: Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), ultrasound, MRI (Procedure); Humatrope (Drug); Ketoconazole (Drug); Oxandrolone (Drug); Propranolol (Drug); Oxandrolone and propranolol combined (Drug); Humatrope and propranolol combined (Drug); Placebo (Drug); Exercise--Hospital supervised intensive exercise program (Behavioral); Home exercise program (Behavioral)

Phase: Phase 2/Phase 3

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
David N Herndon, MD, Study Director, Affiliation: University of Texas

Overall contact:
David N Herndon, MD, Phone: 409-770-6731, Email: dherndon@utmb.edu


The purpose of the program is to study and characterize the outcome of burn injury with particular attention to improving the rehabilitation of burn survivors, including children. Various agents are assessed for effectiveness on long term burn outcome, such as growth hormone, oxandrolone, propranolol,ketoconazole, inhospital exercise and home exercise.

Clinical Details

Official title: Assessment of the Treatment of the Severely Burned With Anabolic Agents on Clinical Outcomes, Recovery and Rehabilitation

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Outcome assessments will include measures of muscle wasting, weakness, immunosuppression chronic bone loss and decreased growth with increases in metabolic, hemodynamic, inflammatory and scarring responses.

Detailed description: The University of Texas Medical Branch(UTMB) project improves outcomes for severely burned children by instituting and evaluating two modifications to traditional rehabilitation: (1) an intensive rehabilitation program including active resistance exercise; (2) long term administration of anabolic agents. Effectiveness is assessed by comparison with functional outcomes achieved in traditional outpatient rehabilitation programs. Results indicate improvement in strength, endurance and bone density with these modifications. The project also maintains a longitudinal database that includes measures of cardiopulmonary function, growth and maturation, bone density, range of motion, and psychosocial adjustment.


Minimum age: N/A. Maximum age: 80 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Burn 30% Total Body Surface Area (TBSA) or greater

- Ages 0-80 yrs

- Negative pregnancy test

- Informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

- Untreated malignancy, known history of AIDS, ARC, HIV

- Recent history of myocardial infarction (6 wks)

- Tuberculosis, arthritis, cirrhosis, hyperlipidemia, bone or endocrine diseases,

autoimmune diseases

- Chronic glucocorticoid or non steroidal anti inflammatory drug therapy

- Diabetes mellitus prior to burn injury

- Renal insufficiency (defined by creatinine >3. 0 mg/dl)

- Hepatic disease (bilirubin > 3. 0 mg/dl)

Locations and Contacts

David N Herndon, MD, Phone: 409-770-6731, Email: dherndon@utmb.edu

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77551, United States; Recruiting
David N Herndon, MD, Phone: 409-770-6731, Email: dherndon@utmb.edu
Cathy L Reed, BSN, Phone: 409-770-6987, Email: ca2reed@utmb.edu
David N Herndon, MD, Principal Investigator
Oscar E Suman, PhD, Sub-Investigator
Celeste FInnerty, PhD, Sub-Investigator
Additional Information

University of Texas web page to describe funded program

burn care web site includes information on funded grant project

Related publications:

Alloju SM, Herndon DN, McEntire SJ, Suman OE. Assessment of muscle function in severely burned children. Burns. 2008 Jun;34(4):452-9. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2007.10.006. Epub 2008 Feb 20.

Starting date: January 2004
Last updated: May 19, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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