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Deep rTMS in Central Neuropathic Pain Syndromes (DRTMS)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2013 by University of Sao Paulo.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Daniel Ciampi Araujo de Andrade, University of Sao Paulo Identifier:
First received: August 27, 2013
Last updated: August 29, 2013
Last verified: August 2013
Pain affects up to 30% of the general population. In particular, neuropathic pain (NeP) is caused by lesion or desease affecting peripheral or central somatosensory pathways and affects 7% of the adult population. Despite the availability of evidence based pharmacological and surgical treatment for NeP, about 50% of patients remais symptomatic despite best medical treatment. Some neuropathic pain syndromes are specially refractory. In particular, central NeP is caused by disease or lesion to central structures involves in somatosensory integration of nociceptive information is non-responsive to drugs usually employed in other NeP syndromes. Classical neuromodulatory techniques such as conventional repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation aiming at the motor of prefrontal cortices are ineffective to relieve pain in this population. Recently new technology advances have made possible non-invasive stimulation of deeper cortical targets. Some of them are activelly involved in the integration of the perception of pain, such as the anterior cingulate cortex or the posterior insula. The aim this study is to treat 90 patients with central pain (post stroke pain, spinal cord lesions after trauma or demyelinizating diseases) under best medical pharmacological treatment in three different conditions: AAC (n= 30 with the H-Coil), Superior Posterior Insula (SPI) n=30 cooled double cone coil double cool coil, and sham(n=30). Each patients will undergo daily stimulation for a week, then weekly stimulations for 3 months (total of 17 sessions). The main study outcome is pain relief at the last stimulation week (visual-analogic scale). Secondary end-points are changes in the McGill Pain Questionnaire, Neuropathic Pain Symptom Inventory, DN4 questionnaire, SF -36, brief pain inventory and cognitive assessment including the trail making test A and B, Strrop color interference test, and subscalles from the CERAD. All patients will undergo quantitative sensory test and measurements of cortical excitability over M1 before and after to treatment.

Condition Intervention
Spinal Cord Injury
Post Stroke Pain
Device: deep rTMS

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Deep rTMS in Central Neuropathic Pain Syndromes

Further study details as provided by University of Sao Paulo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in baseline of Pain [ Time Frame: base line (moment of inclusion) and end of each session rTMS (4X in three months) ]
    assessing by verbal analog scale (VAS)

Estimated Enrollment: 90
Study Start Date: March 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: deep rTMS-active doble coil
patients undergoing of deep rTMS real with doble coil
Device: deep rTMS
Patients undergoing of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment of central pain
Sham Comparator: deep rTMS-sham
patients undergoing to placebo deep rTMS
Device: deep rTMS
Patients undergoing of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment of central pain
Active Comparator: deep rTMS-active: H-coil
patients undergoing of deep rTMS real with H-coil
Device: deep rTMS
Patients undergoing of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment of central pain


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Signed term of informed consent
  • central pain

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Trauma of Skull, epilepsy don't treated,
  • Use of medications decrease the seizure threshold
  • Patients in use of drugs, how cocaine and alcohol
  • neurosurgical clips, pacemakers, increased intracranial pressure (risk of sequelae after seizure)
  • Pregnant or lacting women
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01932905

Contact: Daniel Ciampi, MD, PhD + 55 11 99775-3538
Contact: Ricardo Galhardoni, PhD student 55 11 984927484

Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (HC/FMUSP) Recruiting
São Paulo, SP, Brazil, 05403900
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Sao Paulo
  More Information

Responsible Party: Daniel Ciampi Araujo de Andrade, MD, PhD, University of Sao Paulo Identifier: NCT01932905     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RGDCA-02
Study First Received: August 27, 2013
Last Updated: August 29, 2013

Keywords provided by University of Sao Paulo:
deep repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation
chronic pain
neuropathic pain
central pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries
Neurologic Manifestations
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on April 28, 2017