Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation in Childhood Dystonia

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 2014 by University of Southern California
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Crowley Carter Foundation
Don and Linda Carter Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Terence Sanger, University of Southern California Identifier:
First received: September 27, 2011
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Last verified: May 2014
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 Intervention Phase
Childhood Onset Dystonias
Device: TDCS (Transcranial Direct-current Stimulation)
Device: sham TDCS (Transcranial Direct-current Stimulation)
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Open-label and Blinded Clinical Trial of Transcranial Direct-current Stimulation in Childhood Dystonia

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Further study details as provided by University of Southern California:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hand muscle overflow [ Time Frame: 10 minutes post- transcranial Direct-current Stimulation (TDCS) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    surface EMG measure of overflow into muscles during attempted relaxation.

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: September 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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)


Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 21 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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 identifier: NCT01460771

Contact: Aprille Tongol 213-740-1317
Contact: Diana Ferman 310-425-2342

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 Identifier: NCT01460771     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TDCS2011 
Study First Received: September 27, 2011
Last Updated: May 20, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Southern California:
childhood dystonia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Dystonic Disorders
Central Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on May 26, 2016