Trial record 7 of 21 for:    Post-Polio Syndrome

Intravenous Immunoglobulins for Post-Polio Syndrome

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 23, 2012
Last Update Posted : February 27, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Laura Bertolasi, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona

Brief Summary:
Postpolio syndrome is a condition that affects many polio survivors years after the acute infection and causes symptoms to increase or new symptoms to develop. Proinflammatory cytokine production within the central nervous system (CNS) indicates an underlying inflammatory process, amenable to immunomodulatory therapy. In this study the investigators sought to confirm that antiinflammatory treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin improves the disease.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Post-polio Syndrome Biological: intravenous immunoglobulins Biological: Saline solution Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : January 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: saline solution Biological: Saline solution

Experimental: intravenous immunoglobulins Biological: intravenous immunoglobulins
One course of Intravenous Immunoglobulins 0.4 g/kg/die for 5 consecutive days

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. SF-36 physical component [ Time Frame: Baseline; 2 and 4 months after treatment ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • a history of acute poliomyelitis
  • increased muscle weakness, muscle fatigue and pain in muscle groups previously affected by poliomyelitis
  • a diagnosis of postpolio syndrome according to the criteria of Halstead and Rossi

Exclusion Criteria:

  • clinically relevant systemic disease
  • malignancy
  • hypothyroidism
  • diabetes mellitus not fully controlled by medical therapy
  • medical or orthopedic disorders that could give rise to symptoms mimicking post-polio syndrome
  • conditions associated with prolonged coagulation time
  • serum IgA deficiency
  • previous allergic reaction to IVIG
  • body-mass index greater than 30
  • immune-modulating treatments other than IVIG within the preceding 6 months

Responsible Party: Laura Bertolasi, Head of the Neurophysiology Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona Identifier: NCT01537575     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EUDRACT-200700-3559-35
First Posted: February 23, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 27, 2012
Last Verified: February 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome
Pathologic Processes
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Central Nervous System Infections
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Immunoglobulins, Intravenous
Rho(D) Immune Globulin
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs