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A Clinical Evaluation of a Vaginal Bowel Control System for the Treatment of Fecal Incontinence in Women (LIFE) (LIFE)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Pelvalon, Inc. Identifier:
First received: July 24, 2012
Last updated: May 22, 2015
Last verified: May 2015
The objective of this study is to obtain preliminary efficacy and safety data on the use of the LivSure System (now called the "Eclipse™ System") in women with fecal incontinence.

Condition Intervention
Fecal Incontinence Device: vaginal bowel control system (LivSure)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Clinical Evaluation of the LivSure Vaginal Bowel Control (VBC) System for the Treatment of Fecal Incontinence in Women.

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Further study details as provided by Pelvalon, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Frequency of FI Episodes [ Time Frame: 1 Month ]
    Subjects with at least a 50% reduction in FI episodes (major or minor soiling)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Incontinent Days [ Time Frame: 1 Month ]
    Change in number of incontinent days while wearing the device during the 2-week assessment period as compared to the baseline 2-week assessment period

  • Device-related Adverse Events [ Time Frame: 1month ]
    The number of overall adverse events rated as probably or definitely related to the study device.

Enrollment: 61
Study Start Date: August 2012
Study Completion Date: March 2014
Primary Completion Date: January 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Vaginal Bowel Control
A vaginal bowel control system intended to manage fecal incontinence.
Device: vaginal bowel control system (LivSure)
Other Names:
  • LivSure System
  • Eclipse™ System


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • History of FI for at least 6 months
  • Baseline diary requirement for min # of FI episodes in a two-week period
  • Ability to manage investigational device insertion and removal
  • Successful fitting of study device
  • Willing and able to give written informed consent to participate in the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic rectal, anal or pelvic pain
  • Any vaginal prolapse that extends beyond the plane of the hymen.
  • Previous rectal or pelvic floor surgery within the last 12 months (24 months in the case of cancer)
  • Congenital anorectal malformation
  • Chronic watery diarrhea unmanageable by drugs or diet as primary cause of FI
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Presence of a vaginal, anal, rectal or urethral fistula or anastomosis
  • Presence of a vaginal, rectal or bladder tumor
  • Presence of an open wound or tear in the vagina or anus by exam
  • Presence or history of rectovaginal fistula
  • Atrophic vaginal tissue as determined by symptoms or visualization
  • Current vaginal or urinary infection requiring treatment
  • History of recurrent urinary or vaginal infections
  • Subject is currently pregnant or planning pregnancy in next 5 months
  • Concurrent use of any intra-vaginal device that would interfere with LivSure (now called Eclipse) placement or wearing
  • Any significant medical condition (e.g., significant psychiatric or neurological disorders, active alcohol/drug abuse, etc.) or other factor that the investigator believes would interfere with study participation and/or increase subject risk
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01655498

United States, Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35249
Sponsors and Collaborators
Pelvalon, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Holly Richter, PhD, MD University of Alabama at Birmingham
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Pelvalon, Inc. Identifier: NCT01655498     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CA003
Study First Received: July 24, 2012
Results First Received: April 1, 2015
Last Updated: May 22, 2015

Keywords provided by Pelvalon, Inc.:
fecal incontinence
bowel control

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fecal Incontinence
Rectal Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases processed this record on August 23, 2017