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Auricular Acupuncture for The Treatment of Post-Tonsillectomy Pain

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01790477
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 13, 2013
Last Update Posted : April 6, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego

Brief Summary:
The goal of this study is to assess the role of battlefield acupuncture in the reduction of pain scores status post adult tonsillectomy. Secondary goals of this study include reduction in narcotic usage, decreased nausea and vomiting, and evaluating patient factors that lend an increased risk of worsening pain or improved response with acupuncture.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Recurrent Tonsillitis Peritonsillar Abscess Obstructive Sleep Apnea Procedure: Auricular Acupuncture

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 134 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Auricular Acupuncture for The Treatment of Post-Tonsillectomy Pain
Study Start Date : November 2012
Primary Completion Date : January 2015
Study Completion Date : February 2015

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Auricular Acupuncture
Use of auricular acupuncture in bilateral ears
Procedure: Auricular Acupuncture
Application of auricular acupuncture to 5 points on the ear
No Intervention: Control

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Reduction in VAS scores between experimental and control group [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any adult patient who meets criteria and is scheduled for tonsillectomy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any patient with prior use of acupuncture
  • Individuals under age 18
  • Tonsillectomy performed with other surgical procedures, i.e UPPP, adenoidectomy,
  • Patients with a known personal or family history of a bleeding disorder will be excluded.
  • Patients with a history of kidney or liver problems will also be excluded.
  • Patients found to be pregnant will be excluded from participation.
  • Patients unwilling to enroll in the study will have the tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy performed according to current practice standards.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01790477

United States, California
NMCSD Balboa
San Diego, California, United States, 92104
Sponsors and Collaborators
United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego
Principal Investigator: Anil Shah NMCSD

Responsible Party: United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01790477     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NMCSD.2012.0102
First Posted: February 13, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 6, 2016
Last Verified: April 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sleep Apnea, Obstructive
Peritonsillar Abscess
Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Respiration Disorders
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic
Sleep Wake Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Pharyngeal Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases