Last updated on July 2016

Hydrothermal Ablation in Recurrent and Chronic Symptomatic Bursitis


Brief description of study

The overall objective of this trial is to explore the dose-tolerance (safety) and dose-response (efficacy) of single 3-minute intra-bursal perfusions of a physiological saline solution at increasing temperatures.

Detailed Study Description

This is an open, exploratory, 6-months dose-tolerance and dose-response study of a single thermal ablation (Ablaflex) procedure in subjects suffering from chronic symptomatic bursitis. Possible study participants will be screened for eligibility based on defined inclusion and exclusion criteria. Eligible patients will be administered with a single 3-minute perfusion of a physiological saline solution at a specific temperature between 50° Celsius and 55° Celsius. If the volume of the bursa estimated by ultrasound examination is ≤ 10 cc, the perfusion will be performed at a rate of 3mL/second. If the volume of the bursa is > 10 cc and ≤ 25 cc, the perfusion will be performed at a rate of 4mL/second. If the volume of the bursa is > 25 cc, the subject is considered as screen failure (exclusion criterion # 10). Immediately prior to and immediately after the thermal ablation phase of 3 minutes, perfusion with a physiological saline solution at room temperature (22°C) will be performed during 2 minutes. In total the bursa will be rinsed during 7 minutes. An elastic bandage (Elastoplast) will be applied immediately after the procedure to compress the bursa cavity. It should be worn for 6 weeks. The first patient with bursitis of olecranon will be administered physiological saline solution at a temperature of 50° Celsius, and subsequent patients will receive perfusions with increments of 0.5 to 1° Celsius as long as no AR (of any intensity) is reported. As long as no AR is reported, but when a first CR or PR is reported for a specific temperature, the patient in whom CR or PR was reported will be considered as the first in a cohort of 3 patients treated at the same temperature during the course of the clinical trial. As soon as a first AR is reported, the patient in whom the AR was reported will be considered as the first in a cohort of 3 patients treated at the same temperature and the remainder of the study will be conducted with cohorts of 3 patients treated in the same conditions. Patients will be assessed at 6 different study visits: at baseline (Day 1), 1 day (24/72h) after treatment, 1 week after treatment (+/- 1 day), 3 weeks after treatment (+/- 2 days), 6 weeks (+/- 1 week) after treatment, and 6 months (+/- 2 weeks) after treatment. At any time during the 6-months study period an unscheduled visit may be performed. Patients will be requested to score weekly patient reported outcome assessments (PRO) until Week 6 and at Month 6, and to record any possible ARs and bursitis related treatments. At Week 2, Week 4 and Week 5 the patient will complete the PRO at home. Assessments to be performed at every study visit include: physical examination (with focus on the bursitis), vital signs (including HR and temperature), PRO, adverse events (AE), concomitant medication(s) and treatment(s). An ultrasound exam of the bursa (according to standard ultrasound protocol) is to be performed at baseline and at week 6 (week 1 assessment is optional).

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02841462

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Stoffel Mulier

Vesalius Medical Technologies
Hoegaarden, Belgium
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