Narcolepsy - New Potential Treatment

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2014 by Karolinska University Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lars Hyllienmark, Karolinska University Hospital Identifier:
First received: February 11, 2014
Last updated: February 28, 2014
Last verified: February 2014

The overall aim of the study is to investigate the effect of a new, non-pharmacological method that may alleviate the symptoms of narcolepsy and thereby lead to a reduction in the use of medications with potentially serious side effects in patients with this disease.

Condition Intervention
Device: Kinetic Oscillation Stimulation Device
Device: Kinetic Oscillation Stimulation Device in placebo mode

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind

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Further study details as provided by Karolinska University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in scale Epworth Sleep Scale (ESS) [ Time Frame: 15-21 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change in ESS scale between baseline before treatment and at 15-21 days after treatment.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) [ Time Frame: 14 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Change in MSLT (mean sleep latency, number of sleep onset rapid eye movement (SOREM), and mean SOREM latency) between registration at baseline and 14 days after treatment.

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Active medical device Device: Kinetic Oscillation Stimulation Device
Placebo Comparator: Inactive medical device Device: Kinetic Oscillation Stimulation Device in placebo mode


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Signed informed consent
  • Diagnosed with narcolepsy (diagnose code G47.4)
  • 16 - 60 years of age
  • MSLT has shown hypersomnia (sleeping latency < 8 min) & 1 episode REM
  • HLA-type associated with increased occurrence of narcolepsy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Reduced cognitive function
  • Other relevant organ disease (that could affect the study results or put the patient at risk)
  • Ongoing bacterial infection in the nose
  • Comorbidity that can increase the risk of bleeding
  • Has received treatment with an implantable stimulator or other implantable product in the head and / or in the neck
  • Known pronounced septal deviation
  • Known allergy to polyvinylchloride or medicinal liquid paraffin
  • Women not using adequate contraceptives
  • Participated in a clinical investigational drug trial within the previous 30 days
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02077036

Contact: Lars Hyllienmark, MD, PhD +46-8-517 729 79

Karolinska University Hospital Recruiting
Stockholm, Sweden
Principal Investigator: Lars Hyllienmark, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Karolinska University Hospital
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Lars Hyllienmark, Associate professor, consultant in neurology and clinical neurophysiology, Karolinska University Hospital Identifier: NCT02077036     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: nervus11
Study First Received: February 11, 2014
Last Updated: February 28, 2014
Health Authority: Sweden: Regional Ethical Review Board

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disorders of Excessive Somnolence
Mental Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic processed this record on October 08, 2015