Investigating the Safety of srTMS in the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease
Super rapid transcranial magnetic stimulation (srTMS) is a method of brain stimulation that may be able to change the electrical activity of the nerve cells of the brain. It has been proposed and tested as a treatment for brain disorders, including Parkinson's disease.
The purpose of this study is to use a device called the magnetic stimulator to investigate the safe limit of srTMS, such as intensity of stimulation and the number of magnetic pulses that may lead to excessive brain stimulation.
Ten patients with Parkinson's disease-whose main problems are slowness of movement and difficulty walking-will participate in this study. They will be asked to come to the laboratory for one experiment. Before and after srTMS treatment, investigators will test participants' brain function with a series of psychological tests and an EEG (electroencephalogram). The srTMS treatment is performed by placing an insulated coil of wire on the scalp and passing a very brief electrical current through the wire coil. The experiment will last 2 to 4 hours.
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Safety Study of the Super Rapid Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Patients With Parkinson's Disease|
- Testing the safety limit (SL) of 50 Hz srTMS. [ Time Frame: Single visit ]
|Study Start Date:||June 18, 2003|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||April 15, 2009|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00063284
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|