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Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Patients With Hemiplegic Stroke

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2016 by Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Suk Yun Kang, Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital Identifier:
First received: May 10, 2013
Last updated: August 2, 2016
Last verified: August 2016
Stroke is one of the major causes of death in the World. Many stroke survivors may suffer from long-term sequelae of stroke such as hemiplegia. The effects of rehabilitation therapy are limited. The development of new treatment strategies is essential. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive method to stimulate the focal area of the brain for restoring brain function. The aim of this study is to investigate the therapeutic effect of rTMS on the motor recovery in patients with hemiplegic stroke.

Condition Intervention
Device: Traditional Theta burst stimulation (TBS)
Device: Modified TBS rTMS
Device: Sham rTMS

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Patients With Hemiplegic Stroke

Further study details as provided by Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Keyboard tapping test [ Time Frame: 1 day ]
    Participants will be asked to tap a key of a computer keyboard as fast as possible in five seconds. They will be asked to do three times. We will measure the number of tapping. The primary outcome will be the averaged data of the numbers.This will be done before and after 5-day rTMS intervention.

Estimated Enrollment: 48
Study Start Date: April 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Tradtional Theta burst stimulation (TBS) rTMS
Participants will receive continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) rTMS to contralesional hemisphere based on a previous study (Huang et al., 2005)
Device: Traditional Theta burst stimulation (TBS)
Active Comparator: Modified TBS rTMS
Participants will receive modified cTBS rTMS to contralesional hemisphere based on a previous study (Nyffeler et al., 2006)
Device: Modified TBS rTMS
Sham Comparator: Sham rTMS
Participants will receive sham cTBS rTMS to contralesional hemisphere.
Device: Sham rTMS


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • stroke patients with motor weakness
  • Medical research council (MRC) grade 0-4
  • More than 2 weeks after stroke onset
  • Age 18 years and older
  • Able to provide consent for the protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of previous symptomatic stroke
  • pregnant women
  • Persons with surgically or traumatically implanted foreign bodies such as a pacemaker, an implanted medication pump, a metal plate in the skull, or metal inside the skull or eyes (other than dental appliances or fillings), intracardiac lines that may pose a physical hazard during magnetic stimulation will also be excluded
  • Patients with history of seizure disorder or epilepsy
  • Subjects without the capacity to give informed consent
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01855633

Contact: Suk Yun Kang, MD, PhD 82-31-8086-2310
Contact: Ah-Young Jun, MD, MS 82-31-8086-2310

Korea, Republic of
Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital Recruiting
Hwaseong Si, Gyeonggi-Do, Korea, Republic of, 445-170
Contact: Suk Yun Kang, MD, PhD    82-31-8086-2310   
Contact: Ah-Young Jun, MD, MS    82-31-8086-2310   
Principal Investigator: Suk Yun Kang, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Suk Yun Kang, MD, PhD, Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital Identifier: NCT01855633     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2013-019
Study First Received: May 10, 2013
Last Updated: August 2, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on May 23, 2017