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Auricular Acupuncture for The Treatment of Post-Tonsillectomy Pain

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego Identifier:
First received: February 11, 2013
Last updated: April 5, 2016
Last verified: April 2016
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 Intervention
Recurrent Tonsillitis
Peritonsillar Abscess
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Procedure: Auricular Acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Auricular Acupuncture for The Treatment of Post-Tonsillectomy Pain

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Further study details as provided by United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction in VAS scores between experimental and control group [ Time Frame: 2 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 134
Study Start Date: November 2012
Study Completion Date: February 2015
Primary Completion Date: January 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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 identifier: 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
  More Information

Responsible Party: United States Naval Medical Center, San Diego Identifier: NCT01790477     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NMCSD.2012.0102 
Study First Received: February 11, 2013
Last Updated: April 5, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government
Individual Participant Data  
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
Infection processed this record on October 27, 2016