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Exploring Advanced Imaging Techniques to Characterize Botulinum Toxin Diffusion in Human Muscle

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Grace Kim, Weill Medical College of Cornell University Identifier:
First received: August 4, 2011
Last updated: September 27, 2013
Last verified: September 2013
Since the use of botulinum toxin in treating spasticity has already been proven effective, we are now using magnetic resonance imaging to examine the toxin diffusion within muscle (post injection) in order to determine the specific toxin dose required for an optimal treatment response.

Condition Intervention
Muscle Spasticity
Drug: Botox (botulinum toxin)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Exploring Advanced Imaging Techniques to Characterize Botulinum Toxin Diffusion

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Further study details as provided by New York Presbyterian Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • MRI [ Time Frame: Baseline (0 months), 2 months and 3 months ]
    Subjects will undergo non-contrast MRI's of the target leg prior to Botox injections (0 months), then again at both 2 months and 3 months following the Botox injections.

Enrollment: 5
Study Start Date: March 2010
Study Completion Date: June 2012
Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: botox diffusion
Each subject was given 3 injections in lateral gastrocnemius muscle:2 botox, 1 saline, each injection was 2.5mL. MRI of the lower leg was taken prior to injections and 2 months post for a comparison of diffusion properties.
Drug: Botox (botulinum toxin)
A series of three injections will be made simultaneously to the gastroc-soleus muscles of the affected lower limb; this will be the only drug intervention/injection session throughout the study, and occurs at baseline. The top injection site, closest to the knee, consists of 25 units of Botox and 0.25 cc saline. The bottom injection site, closest to the ankle, also consists of 25 units of Botox and 0.25 cc saline. The middle injection site will be considered the placebo injection, as it will not contain any Botox (0 units Botox) and 0.25 cc saline.

Detailed Description:

Over the past decade, botulinum toxins (BT) have been extensively used to treat any number of diverse disorders, including functionally significant, focal spasticity in the arm and leg of persons with injury/disease of the central nervous system. Spasticity is an involuntary muscle stiffness that limits movement of an extremity and often leads to pain, hygiene problems, difficulty in bed or wheelchair positioning, and functional deficits in self-care and mobility.

There are three BT products on the market: MyoBloc®, Botox®, and Dysport®. FDA approval for use of Botox® in spasticity is anticipated sometime during 2010. In the Weill Cornell Division of Rehabilitation Medicine alone, nearly 50,000 units of Botox® were injected for the treatment of spasticity during the 2008-2009 academic year. (Note: The vast majority of the BT market share in the US rests with Botox®.)

There is excellent evidence supporting the effectiveness of BT in decreasing tone and modest clinical evidence supporting functional improvement. Despite the frequent use, however, there is astonishingly little evidence delineating the impact on diffusion of dosing, dilution, approach to muscle localization, or serotype of BT. To better study these relationships we will be using advanced imaging to develop a model to characterize the physical characteristics of BT diffusion in human skeletal muscle.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • diagnosis of UMN disease
  • clinically significant spasticity in the gastrocnemius muscle to warrant Botox® injection (made at the discretion of Dr. O'Dell)
  • naïve to all botulinum toxins in the lower extremity

Exclusion Criteria:

  • MR incompatibility with implanted ferromagnetic devices.[Specifically, they may not participate in this study if they have a pacemaker, an implanted defibrillator or certain other implanted electronic or metallic devices. They will be screened by the MRI staff for past surgical procedures to determine the possibility of having an implanted medical or metallic device, shrapnel, or other metal, such as metal in the eye.]
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01412008

United States, New York
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Principal Investigator: Michael W O'Dell, MD Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Grace Kim, Principal Investigator, Weill Medical College of Cornell University Identifier: NCT01412008     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1002010863
Study First Received: August 4, 2011
Last Updated: September 27, 2013

Keywords provided by New York Presbyterian Hospital:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
botulinum toxin
muscle stiffness
Weill Cornell
New York Presbyterian Hospital

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Muscle Spasticity
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Muscle Hypertonia
Neuromuscular Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Botulinum Toxins, Type A
Botulinum Toxins
Acetylcholine Release Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Cholinergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Neuromuscular Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents processed this record on April 28, 2017