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Efficacy of Stem Cell Transplantation Compared to Rehabilitation Treatment of Patients With Cerebral Paralysis (CP)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified July 2015 by General Hospital of Chinese Armed Police Forces
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General Hospital of Chinese Armed Police Forces Identifier:
First received: August 20, 2013
Last updated: July 17, 2015
Last verified: July 2015

Cerebral palsy (CP) is described as a group of permanent disorders affecting motor development and posture, resulting in activity limitation attributed to nonprogressive disturbances of the fetal or infant brain. The prevalence of cerebral palsy has increased among the children with low birth-weight, jaundice, respiratory distress and intrauterine infection and so on. The incidence of cerebral palsy is increasing gradually with increased neonatal survival rate. Although there are many kinds of functional therapy programs especially the rehabilitation treatment for cerebral palsy, their effects are limited. Increasing cerebral palsy patients become a heavy burden to the family and society. Stem cell based therapy, a new prospective therapy for central nervous system disorders, has the potential to repair the damaged brain tissue in patients with cerebral palsy.

In this study, 300 patients with cerebral palsy will be divided into three groups and the investigators will use mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord to treat 100 CP patients of them randomly. We will also follow up the other 100 patients who only receive rehabilitation treatment and another 100 patients who accept neither stem cell therapy nor rehabilitation treatment. On this basis, as the investigators we can compare the efficacy of cell therapy and rehabilitation treatments for cerebral palsy patients.

Multiple sources of assessment were used to ascertain and classify all cases of cerebral palsy. Particularly the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) as an important valid and reliable outcome measure, has made it possible to evaluate the severity of movement disability,change over time and the effects of clinical interventions. It also will be the primary outcome measure in follow-up analysis of this study.

Condition Intervention Phase
Cerebral Palsy
Other: rehabilitation
Procedure: stem cell injection
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Efficacy of Stem Cell Transplantation Compared to Rehabilitation Treatment of Children With Cerebral Paralysis

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Further study details as provided by General Hospital of Chinese Armed Police Forces:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Gross Motor Function Measure Score [ Time Frame: Change from baseline at 12 monthes after enrollment or transplantation ]
    Gross Motor Function Measure-88 and Gross Motor Function Measure-66

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Routine Blood Test and Biochemical Test [ Time Frame: Change from baseline at 12 monthes after enrollment or transplantation ]
    1. red blood cell
    2. white blood cell
    3. platelet count
    4. glutamic pyruvic transaminase
    5. glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) [ Time Frame: Change from baseline at 12 monthes after enrollment or transplantation ]
    The MRI repots would describe brain tissue especially white matter and malacia.

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: October 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: rehabilitation
Patients in the group accept rehabilitation for three weeks in hospital and other eleven months in their home under the guidance of physical therapist.
Other: rehabilitation
Patients only receive rehabilitation of physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Other Name: phsical exercise rehabilitation
No Intervention: control
Patients receive no professional treatment in hospital or rehabilitation centre.
Experimental: stem cell injection
Patients in the group accept cell therapy including four times stem cells transplant via intrathecal injection.
Procedure: stem cell injection
Mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord are transplanted directly into subarachnoid by Lumbar puncture.

Detailed Description:
Patients enrolled in this study need to finish our whole follow-up survey for 12 months, which is carried out by clinical doctors, rehabilitators and epidemiologist.

Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with diagnosis of cerebral palsy.
  • Patients' curator must be able to give voluntary consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Intracranial infection.
  • Severe respiratory and circulatory system diseases.
  • Hematologic malignancies.
  • Positive serological tests such as AIDS, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus and syphilis (antigen or antibody).
  • Tumors.
  • Genetic and metabolic diseases.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01929434

Contact: Yihua An, Doctor 0086-10-57976848

China, Beijing
General Hospital of Chinese People's Armed Police Forces Recruiting
Beijing, Beijing, China, 100050
Contact: Yihua An, Ph D    0086-10-57976848   
Contact: Rongrong Hua    0086-10-57976866   
Principal Investigator: Yihua An, Ph D         
Sponsors and Collaborators
General Hospital of Chinese Armed Police Forces
Study Director: Yihua An, Doctor the General Hospital of Chinese People's Armed Police Forces
  More Information

Responsible Party: General Hospital of Chinese Armed Police Forces Identifier: NCT01929434     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2013-05-13 CP III
Study First Received: August 20, 2013
Last Updated: July 17, 2015

Keywords provided by General Hospital of Chinese Armed Police Forces:
cerebral palsy
cell transplantation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebral Palsy
Brain Damage, Chronic
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
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