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Virtual Reality in SOD

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03999333
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : June 26, 2019
Last Update Posted : November 28, 2022
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Simon K. Lo, M.D., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Brief Summary:

Patients with classic type-3 Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction have chronic debilitating pain not amenable to pharmacologic or endoscopic therapy. Previous studies have shown benefits of virtual reality (VR) for pain management through immersive three-dimensional (3D) multisensory experiences, but only in short-term inpatient settings.

The impact of VR for chronic pain in patients with SOD III in an outpatient setting is being evaluated in this pilot study.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction Device: Virtual Reality (Oculus Go) Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The pain management for type-3 Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction remains a significant clinical challenge and the current therapeutic outcome is often frustrating and may lead to addiction of opioid pain medication. Virtual reality (VR) has emerged as a viable option for pain management, but its usage has been limited to short-term inpatient clinical trials or experimental settings. In the proposed study, we will determine the long-term efficacy of VR intervention on pain management in patients with SOD type 3.

The study involves an initial screening visit and one follow-up visit at the end of the 6-week study.

The participants will receive self administered VR intervention, in additional to standard-of-care treatment for pain. The study also includes 6 weeks of monitoring period (2 weeks before, 4 weeks during, and 2 weeks after the VR intervention).

If the aims of the research are achieved, the study will demonstrate that virtual reality intervention may be used as a new method for pain management. This may lead to reduction in usage of opioid pain medication.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Prospective Pilot Study to Evaluate the Effect of Virtual Reality as a Treatment Option for Pain in Patients With Functional Pancreaticobiliary Disorder or Type 3 Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction
Actual Study Start Date : August 21, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2023
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 2023

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Virtual Reality
Every participant is provided with a VR headset
Device: Virtual Reality (Oculus Go)
Participants will self-administer virtual reality intervention, in addition to standard of care treatment for pain. There will be 6 weeks of weeks of monitoring period (2 weeks before, 4 weeks during, and 2 weeks after the virtual reality intervention).

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain scores [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Pain scores will be measured using the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) for at least 3 episodes each week. The NRS measures pain on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 signifying no pain and 10 signifying the worst possible pain.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of chronic biliary type abdominal pain (RUQ pain, pain radiates to the right flank, scapula, or shoulder, or pain that stimulates gallbladder symptoms)
  • Pancreatic pain (epigastric or left upper quadrant pain, pain that is exacerbated by some food, or pain that radiates to the back) for at least 3 months prior to the study
  • absence of abnormal liver and pancreas chemistry or abnormal abdominal imaging
  • average pain score of greater than or equal to 3 out of 10 on the numeric rating scale (NRS) for at least the average of 3 episodes each week
  • Subjects on antidepressants for pain control should take the medication for a minimum of one month prior to the baseline assessment.
  • Patients with SOD with depressive and/or anxiety disorders who receive psychopharmacologic treatment must be on stable medication dose for at least 6 weeks.
  • Patients with access to a cell phone, able to speak, read, and write English will be enrolled.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with evidence for acute or chronic pancreatitis, biliary stones, or bile duct strictures.
  • Patients who have had prior sphincterotomy must have had the procedure at 3 months prior to the start of the study.
  • Patients with a history of motion sickness and vertigo and anyone experiencing active nausea or vomiting (including pregnant women) will be excluded.
  • Patients with a history of seizures or epilepsy will also be excluded to limit the theoretical risk of inducing seizures with VR.
  • Presence of significant psychiatric disorders or any conditions that, in the investigator's opinion make the subject unsuitable for study participation will be reason for exclusion.
  • Non-English speaking subjects or subjects unable to consent to study due to cognitive difficulty will not be included in the study.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03999333

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Contact: Liliana C Bancila, PhD 310.423-3872 Liliana.Bancila@cshs.org

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United States, California
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90048
Contact: Simon Lo    310-423-6082    simon.lo@cshs.org   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Simon Lo, MD Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Simon K. Lo, M.D., Principal Investigator, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03999333    
Other Study ID Numbers: PRO00057560
First Posted: June 26, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 28, 2022
Last Verified: November 2022
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Device Product Not Approved or Cleared by U.S. FDA: Yes
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction
Biliary Dyskinesia
Common Bile Duct Diseases
Bile Duct Diseases
Biliary Tract Diseases
Digestive System Diseases