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An Open Label Trial for Treating Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis of the Thumb: Pilot Study

This study has been completed.
Genzyme, a Sanofi Company
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: March 20, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
The purpose of this study is to find out if hyaluronan, an injectable medication for knee arthritis, also works for arthritis at the base of the thumb. This study will also evaluate how good ultrasound is at visualizing medication in the thumb joint. We are no longer recruiting for this part of the open label trial.

Condition Intervention
Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis
Device: Synvisc (hylan G-F20)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: An Open Label Trial for Treating Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis of the Thumb: Pilot Study

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Hospital for Special Surgery, New York:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand Outcome Measure [ Time Frame: 26 weeks (6 months) ]
    The DASH Outcome Measure is a 30-item, self-report questionnaire designed to measure physical function and symptoms in people with any of several musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limb. Scores are transformed to a 0-100 scale, with a higher value indicating greater disability. The change in DASH (delta) over those 6 months was recorded.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Visual Analog Scale for Pain [ Time Frame: 26 weeks (6 months) ]
    The visual analog scale for pain (VAS) is a test requiring a patient to indicate along a line how much pain they are experiencing between 0-100. A score of 100 indicates the maximum possible pain level and a score of 0 indicates no pain. Scores are recorded as whole number integers. The change in VAS (delta) over those 6 months was recorded.

Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: October 2004
Study Completion Date: December 2009
Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Pilot Study of Hylan G-F 20
32 Subjects have received Synvisc Injections and followed for 6 months.
Device: Synvisc (hylan G-F20)
32 subjects in the pilot study have received 3 1ml injections of Synvisc intraarticular over the course of 3 weeks and then followed for 6 months post injection


Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 95 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Radiographic evidence of at least moderate narrowing (joint space < 1mm) or the presence of osteophytes or sclerosis at the Carpometacarpal joint
  • Patient complaint of unacceptable pain despite modification of activity, a trial of splinting and a therapeutic dose of NSAIDS
  • If bilateral disease, only the most severely involved hand, (as defined by VAS for pain), will be entered in the study.
  • Proficiency in English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous bad injury to the thumb
  • Previous hand surgery on the study thumb
  • Known hand comorbidities (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervains Tenosynovitis etc)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
  • Bleeding problems
  • Being on blood thinners (except aspirin)
  • Known allergies to any of the medications being used
  • Allergies to chicken products
  • Current use of oral steroids
  • Cancer that is not cured or in remission
  • Severe diabetes
  • A serious infection somewhere else in the subject's body
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00198029

United States, New York
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
Genzyme, a Sanofi Company
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Principal Investigator: Lisa Mandl, MD MPH Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Identifier: NCT00198029     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 23034
Grant# K23AR050607-01
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Results First Received: January 31, 2013
Last Updated: March 20, 2017

Keywords provided by Hospital for Special Surgery, New York:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Protective Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on May 23, 2017