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Galveston, Texas 77550


Purpose:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether testosterone normalization ameliorates muscle protein hypercatabolism by increasing net protein synthesis in men with burn injury. II. Determine whether the effectiveness of testosterone is enhanced by stimulation of inward amino acid transport as a consequence of hyperaminoacidemia in these men. III. Determine whether testosterone normalization during hospitalization minimizes the need for rehabilitation by increasing net protein synthesis and preserving skeletal muscle in these men. IV. Determine whether testosterone normalization after hospital discharge and throughout convalescence increases muscle strength and lean body mass after burn injury by increasing net protein synthesis. V. Determine whether testosterone combined with progressive resistance exercise during convalescence confers added benefits on muscle protein synthesis, and in turn, lean body mass and muscle strength in these patients.


Study summary:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Patients are stratified according to percent of total body surface area (TBSA) burned (no more than 40% vs more than 40%). Patients receive standard inpatient burn care. During hospitalization, patients are randomized to one of two treatment arms: Arm I: Patients receive testosterone intramuscularly (IM) weekly for 2-3 weeks during hospitalization. Arm II: Patients receive standard care only during hospitalization. After hospital discharge, patients with burns covering no more than 40% of TBSA are randomized to arm III, IV, or V, whereas patients with burns covering more than 40% of TBSA are randomized to arm III or V. Arm III: Patients receive testosterone IM every 2 weeks for 2 months. Arm IV: Patients receive testosterone as in arm III. Patients perform progressive resistance (weight lifting) exercises 3 times a week for 2 months concurrently with testosterone therapy. Arm V.: Patients receive standard convalescence care only.


Criteria:

PROTOCOL ENTRY CRITERIA: --Disease Characteristics-- Second degree or worse burn injury Percent of total body surface area burned and degree of burn(s) must be carefully quantified --Patient Characteristics-- Cardiovascular: No limiting or unstable angina No myocardial infarction within the past 6 months No horizontal or downsloping ST segment depression greater than 0.2 mV and/or frequent or repetitive arrhythmias (defined as more than 10 premature ventricular contractions per minute) No hypertension that is uncontrolled by one blood pressure medication No prior arrhythmia or valvular disease requiring treatment Other: No history of prostate cancer or indication of an occult carcinoma, defined by PSA greater than 4.0 micrograms/L


NCT ID:

NCT00006129


Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Arny A. Ferrando
University of Texas


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Galveston, Texas 77550
United States

Arny A. Ferrando
Phone: 409-770-6612

Site Status: Recruiting


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: June 25, 2018

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