The influence of percutaneous collagen induction with medical needling on patients with burn scars - prospective, controlled study

Project No. FF-FR 0260




Injured people with burn scars have a large degree of suffering and insufficient therapy options. Medical needling also referred to as percutaneous collagen induction is a promising healing method, but still an understudied topic. Available publications result from animal studies or studies with low evidence levels. The procedure of medical needling is not standardized and there are only recommendations. This study aims at a standardized and effective procedure of medical needling for physical as well as for psychological recovery. Within this prospective controlled study it is aimed to assess scar quality as well as quality of life (both subjective and objective). In case of physical and psychological improvement a generalized recommendation for the treatment is planned. The results of this independent study should confirm the effectiveness of medical needling.


The study, planned for 20 month, will include 36 persons to be examined at four different time points. The first examination will take place prior intervention. After four weeks treatment with vitamin oil an examination will take place and the medical needling will be performed. Further examinations are planned after one (t3) and six (t4) months after this therapy. Following data will be obtained:

  1. POSAS: "Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale" – Evaluation of the scar quality
  2. VSS: "Vancouver Scar Scale" – Collection of data about evaluation of scar quality
  3. Cutometer: objective evaluation of scar quality
  4. SF (36): "Short Form (36) – standardized questionnaire to health-related quality of life
  5. BSHS-B: "Burn-Specific-Health-Scale-Brief" – standardized questionnaire for injured people with burn scars to health-related quality of life.
  6. Photo documentation

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Financed by:
  • Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e. V. (DGUV)
Research institution(s):
  • BG Klinikum Duisburg gGmbH

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Description, key words:

percutaneous collagen induction, medical needling, burn injury, burn scars