Last updated on January 2019

Apremilast in the Treatment of Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)


Brief description of study

This is a single-center, open-label clinical study to study the efficacy of apremilast in the treatment of mild to moderate central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. The investigators hypothesize that the anti-inflammatory properties of apremilast may play a role in the decreasing scalp inflammation in patients with CCCA and may prevent further hair loss and potentially induce hair regrowth in patients with mild to moderate disease.

Detailed Study Description

Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) is a type of scarring alopecia commonly seen in women of African American descent. The etiology is not completely understood, but CCCA likely results from a combination of hair-grooming practices, a pro-inflammatory state within the hair follicles, and genetic factors. The management of CCCA remains a challenge as there are no published treatment guidelines. Current therapies aim to decrease inflammation in order to prevent further hair loss.

Apremilast, an oral phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor, has been shown to be effective in the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthropathy. In vitro studies have demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties via inhibition of inflammatory mediators. Therefore, apremilast offers a possible therapeutic option for CCCA. This will be a single-center, open-label clinical study to determine the efficacy of apremilast in the treatment of mild to moderate central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03521687

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Mount Sinai West Dermatology

New York, NY United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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