Spinal Cord Stimulation to Restore Cough
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00116337|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 29, 2005
Last Update Posted : February 1, 2018
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Spinal Cord Injuries Spinal Cord Diseases Paralysis Central Nervous System Diseases Cough Trauma, Nervous System Wounds and Injuries||Procedure: Spinal Cord Stimulation Device: Expiratory Muscle Stimulator||Not Applicable|
Patients with cervical and thoracic spinal cord injuries often have paralysis of a major portion of their expiratory muscles — the muscles responsible for coughing — and therefore, lack a normal cough mechanism. Consequently, most of these patients suffer from a markedly reduced ability to clear airway secretions, a factor which contributes to the development of recurrent respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Expiratory muscles can be activated by electrical stimulation of the spinal roots to produce a functionally effective cough.
The purpose of this trial is to determine if electrical stimulation of the expiratory muscles is capable of producing an effective cough on demand. According to the trial researchers, if successful, this technique will prevent the need for frequent patient suctioning — which often requires the constant presence of trained personnel. It will also allow spinal cord injured patients to clear their secretions more readily, thereby reducing the incidence of respiratory complications and associated illness and death.
In the trial, researchers will study 18 adults (18-70 years old) with spinal injuries (T5 level or higher), at least 12 months following the date of injury. After an evaluation of medical history, a brief physical examination, and initial testing, participants will have small electrodes (metal discs) placed — by a routine surgical procedure — over the surface of their spinal cords on the lower back to stimulate the expiratory muscles and restore cough.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||17 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Spinal Cord Stimulation to Restore Cough|
|Actual Study Start Date :||September 30, 2004|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||October 10, 2017|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||October 31, 2017|
Procedure/Surgery: spinal cord stimulation
Procedure: Spinal Cord Stimulation
Participants will have small electrodes (metal discs) placed — by a routine surgical procedure — over the surface of their spinal cords on the lower back to stimulate the expiratory muscles and restore cough. These electrodes are then activated at subsequent study visits using the external control unit.
Device: Expiratory Muscle Stimulator
The expiratory muscle stimulator consists of three small electrodes (metal discs) implanted over the surface of their spinal cords on the lower back to stimulate the expiratory muscles and restore cough. These electrodes are connected to an implanted receiver in the abdomen or chest wall. The device is activated through an external antenna connected to an external control box.
- Measurements of airway pressure, expired volume and expiratory flow rate to evaluate efficacy of cough. [ Time Frame: one year ]
- Assessment of need for caregiver support for secretion removal. [ Time Frame: one year ]
- Assessment of ease in expectoration of secretions. [ Time Frame: one year ]
- Incidence of respiratory tract infections. [ Time Frame: one year ]
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00116337
|United States, Ohio|
|MetroHealth Medical Center|
|Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44109|
|Principal Investigator:||Anthony F. DiMarco, MD||MetroHealth Medical Center|