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Laser Acupuncture Against Nausea in Children

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00528554
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2007 by University Children Hospital Homburg.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 12, 2007
Last Update Posted : September 18, 2007
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
University Hospital Tuebingen
Information provided by:
University Children Hospital Homburg

Brief Summary:
To investigate whether nonthermal low level laser acupuncture has beneficial effects on nausea and vomiting in children receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy for a malignant solid tumor. In a previous crossover study comparing needle acupuncture to no intervention in an otherwise similar setting we found beneficial effects, but this trial was not even single-blinded and therefore the results are questionable. The hypothesis is that active laser acupuncture is more effective than placebo laser acupuncture concerning episodes of retching/vomiting (primary outcome measure) and rescue antiemetic medication (secondary outcome measure) with a fix standard antiemetic medication

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Nausea Vomiting Cancer Procedure: laser acupuncture Procedure: placebo laser acupuncture Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 25 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Laser Acupuncture to Alleviate Nausea and Vomiting in Children and Adolescents Receiving Highly Emetogenic Chemotherapy. A Prospective, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial
Study Start Date : September 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2009

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: A
Active laser acupuncture
Procedure: laser acupuncture
laser acupuncture according to traditional chinese medicine criteria, energy dosage 1J/point, average of 8 points to be treated, once daily during chemotherapy course
Other Name: Laser device: Modulas handy 2/99, 830 nm continuous wave, 30 mv 3,8 W/cm2, schwamedico, Ehringshausen, Germany

Placebo Comparator: B
Placebo laser acupuncture
Procedure: placebo laser acupuncture
laser acupuncture according to traditional chinese medicine criteria, average of 8 points to be treated, once daily during chemotherapy course
Other Name: placebo laser, Modulas Handy 2/99, schwamedico, Ehringshausen, Germany




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. episodes of retching/vomiting per day during 1 chemotherapy course [ Time Frame: 1 chemotherapy course (5 days) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. rescue antiemetic medication during 1 chemotherapy course [ Time Frame: 1 chemotherapy course (5 days) ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 0-17,
  • Highly emetogenic chemotherapy with at least 4 similar courses of chemotherapy concerning applied drugs (equivalent dosages)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age older than 17 years,
  • Participation in another clinical trial on supportive care

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Contacts
Contact: Sven Gottschling, MD +49 6841 1628399 kisgot@uniklinikum-saarland.de
Contact: Norbert Graf, MD, PhD +49 6841 1628397 kingra@uniklinikum-saarland.de

Locations
Germany
University Children`s Hospital Tübingen Recruiting
Tübingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, 72076
Contact: Regina Braun, MD    + 49 07071 80894    regibraun@gmx.de   
Principal Investigator: Regina Braun, MD         
University Children`s Hospital Homburg Recruiting
Homburg, Saarland, Germany, 66421
Contact: Sven Gottschling, MD    +49 6841 1628399    kisgot@uniklinikum-saarland.de   
Principal Investigator: Sven Gottschling, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Children Hospital Homburg
University Hospital Tuebingen
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sven Gottschling, MD University Children`s Hospital Homburg, Germany
Study Director: Norbert Graf, MD, PhD University Children`s Hospital Homburg, Germany

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00528554     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SG-07-HT-01
First Posted: September 12, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 18, 2007
Last Verified: September 2007

Keywords provided by University Children Hospital Homburg:
CINV
chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nausea
Vomiting
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms