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Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation in Childhood Dystonia

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01460771
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified May 2014 by Terence Sanger, University of Southern California.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : October 27, 2011
Last Update Posted : May 22, 2014
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The investigators hypothesize that transcranial direct current stimulation over the motor cortex will reduce muscle overflow and improve hand function in children with primary or secondary dystonia.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Childhood Onset Dystonias Device: TDCS (Transcranial Direct-current Stimulation) Device: sham TDCS (Transcranial Direct-current Stimulation) Phase 2

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Open-label and Blinded Clinical Trial of Transcranial Direct-current Stimulation in Childhood Dystonia
Study Start Date : September 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 2017
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2017

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Dystonia
U.S. FDA Resources

Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Treatment
Active Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) at 1mA or highest tolerated current
Device: TDCS (Transcranial Direct-current Stimulation)
active TDCS
Other Name: eldith DC-stimulator (neuroconn, Ilmenau, Germany)
Sham Comparator: sham
inactive Transcranial Direct current stimulation (TDCS) at 0mA
Device: sham TDCS (Transcranial Direct-current Stimulation)
TDCS at 0mA
Other Name: eldith DC-stimulator (neuroconn, Ilmenau, Germany)

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Hand muscle overflow [ Time Frame: 10 minutes post- transcranial Direct-current Stimulation (TDCS) ]
    surface EMG measure of overflow into muscles during attempted relaxation.

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • dystonia affecting one or both hands
  • age 4 to 21 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • metal implants in the head
  • inability to cooperate with instructions
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01460771

Contact: Aprille Tongol 213-740-1317 tongol@usc.edu
Contact: Diana Ferman 310-425-2342 dferman@usc.edu

United States, California
University of Southern California Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90089
Contact: Andrea Carrillo         
Principal Investigator: Terence D Sanger, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern California
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Crowley Carter Foundation
Don and Linda Carter Foundation
Principal Investigator: Terence Sanger, MD, PhD University of Southern California
More Information

Responsible Party: Terence Sanger, Associate Professor, University of Southern California
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01460771     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TDCS2011
First Posted: October 27, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 22, 2014
Last Verified: May 2014

Keywords provided by Terence Sanger, University of Southern California:
childhood dystonia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Dystonic Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Movement Disorders
Central Nervous System Diseases