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Reletex for Nausea in GERD Patients

This study has been terminated.
(study was terminated by investigator due to low enrollment)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
John Pandolfino, Northwestern University Identifier:
First received: April 19, 2012
Last updated: November 5, 2014
Last verified: July 2014
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a highly prevalent condition that is frequently encountered in the health care setting. It affects roughly 40% of Americans monthly and 10% weekly. Of those with GERD, there exists a cohort that experience nausea with or without vomiting that is unresponsive to PPI's and anti-emetics. For these patients, treatment options are limited and these symptoms may substantially alter their quality of life. New and novel therapies emerging include neuromodulation devices that may affect the central pathways leading to these symptoms. Of these, the Reletex band has been tested and proven efficacious in the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, chemotherapy, and surgery, in addition to standard anti-nausea medications. The investigators propose that through a similar mechanism, this device as an adjunct to PPI's and anti-emetics will reduce GERD-associated the nausea with or without vomiting, and by so doing, improve the quality of lives in this patient population.

Condition Intervention
Device: Reletex

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Reletex ™ Band as an Adjunct to Standard Therapy in Patients With GERD, Nausea With or Without Vomiting- A Pilot Study

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Further study details as provided by Northwestern University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Incidence of Nausea in Patients With GERD [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    number of events of nausea with or without vomiting in patients with GERD in 4 weeks

Enrollment: 2
Study Start Date: March 2012
Study Completion Date: November 2013
Primary Completion Date: November 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: GERD subjects with nausea
subjects with GERD and nausea will receive treatment with Reletex
Device: Reletex
Neuromodulation device worn on the wrist


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any patient over the age of 18 with clinically diagnosed GERD as evidenced by the GerdQ assessment tool and/or ambulatory pH/ pH- impedance monitoring with a component of nausea with or without vomiting.
  • Continued symptoms despite a stable dose of FDA approved daily PPI therapy in addition to or without supportive anti-emetics. We will include patients with twice a day PPI dosing, as this is a standard treatment for PPI non-responders.
  • Previous gastric emptying study performed as part of the standard care work-up of nausea and vomiting. Patients will be recruited regardless of the results and this information will only be used as a potential predictor for symptom response.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Currently participating in a concurrent clinical trial or completed another trial within past 8 weeks.
  • Prior gastrointestinal surgery of the esophagus and stomach.
  • Severe esophagitis (Los Angeles esophagitis Grade C and above), Barrett's metaplasia or eosinophilic esophagitis, achalasia or spastic motor disorder
  • Unstable medical illness with ongoing diagnostic work-up and treatment. Patients with well-controlled hypertension, diabetes and a remote history of ischemic heart disease that is deemed stable, as judged by the physician-investigator can be included. Current drug or alcohol abuse or dependency.
  • Current neurologic or cognitive illness or impairment which would make the patient an unsuitable candidate for hypnosis. This will be determined by the investigators before randomization using the Mini Mental Status Exam in patients with suspected impairment.
  • Severe mental illness, e.g., uncontrolled major depression with suicidal ideation, active psychosis, diagnosis of schizophrenia-spectrum disorder.
  • Those with nickel, gold, or other metal allergies.
  • Those with other neuromodulators or implanted electrical devices such as cardiac pacemakers, AICD's, neurostimulators or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation devices (TENS units).
  • Females who are or might become pregnant during the study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01582100

United States, Illinois
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: John E Pandolfino, MD Northwestern University
  More Information

Responsible Party: John Pandolfino, Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Identifier: NCT01582100     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 56024
Study First Received: April 19, 2012
Results First Received: November 5, 2014
Last Updated: November 5, 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on April 24, 2017