Introduction: Chronic, non-healing ulcers remain one of the most challenging clinical situations for health care practitioners. Often, conventional treatments fail and lead to amputation, further decreasing the patient's quality of life and resulting in enormous medical expenditures for healthcare systems. Here we evaluated the use of and cost-effectiveness of the RGTA (ReGeneraTing Agents) medical device CACIPLIQ20 (OTR4120) for chronic lower-extremity ulcers in patients with Leriche and Fontaine Stage IV peripheral arterial disease who were not eligible for revascularization.
Methods: This uncontrolled pilot study included 14 chronic lower extremity ulcers in 12 patients in one hospital. The pilot study included 12 patients with TcPO2 < 20 mm Hg and ABPI < 0.5 who had either a minimum of one chronic lower extremity ulcer or a chronic ulcer related to amputation. OTR4120 was applied twice a week or until complete healing, for up to 12 weeks. Ulcer surface area reduction (%)after 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks, appearance after 4 weeks, and healing after 12 weeks were measured and recorded.
Results: A 35% reduction in ulcer size was achieved after 4 weeks. 7 (50%) out of 14 ulcers completely healed within 1 to 3 months of treatment.
Discussion: OTR4120 is an effective therapeutic option for patients with chronic lower extremity ulcers, can provide major improvement of quality of life and has the added benefit of being a significant cost-effective solution for healthcare systems.
Keywords: CACIPLIQ20; Matrix therapy; OTR4120; ischemic skin ulcers.
© P. Desgranges et al., published by EDP Sciences, 2019.