Endoscopic Stenting for Chronic Abdominal Pain
The prospective sham randomized study will evaluate the role of endoscopic stenting inpatients with chronic pancreatitis and chronic abdominal pain.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Randomized Single Blind Trial of Endoscopic Stenting for Chronic Pancreatitis-Associated Abdominal Pain|
|Study Start Date:||October 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Endoscopic stenting is increasingly used for the treatment of a variety of pancreatic disorders. Although a number of studies suggest that pancreatic stenting relieves abdominal pain in approximately 70% of patients, there has been no randomized study. Since any intervention may improve pain, the effectiveness of endoscopy cannot be ascertained without a true placebo arm or sham therapy group.
The study will aim to determine the effectiveness of pancreatic stents in relieving chronic pain in the setting of chronic pancreatitis. Since these procedures do carry risk, a placebo controlled fashion is used for this study
|Principal Investigator:||Charles M Wilcox, M.D.||University of Alabama at Birmingham|