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Yoga for Patients With Epilepsy

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 December 2007 by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: December 27, 2007
Last verified: December 2007

September 13, 2005
December 27, 2007
October 2003
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  • Improvement in quality of life assessments.
  • Improvement in mood.
Same as current
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Improvement in seizure control.
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Yoga for Patients With Epilepsy
Is Yoga Safe for Patients With Epilepsy?
To establish the safety and feasibility of having patients with epilepsy perform yoga.
Subjects will keep logs of seizure frequency prior to, during, and following training in a yoga regimen. Instruction in the yoga regimen will occur at BIDMC, and home practice following classroom instruction will occur as part of the study. Side effects, changes in seizure frequency, and quality of life assessments will be performed.
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Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Behavioral: Yoga
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October 2004
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Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Must be able to give full informed consent.
  2. Must have one or more of the following seizure types: simple partial, complex partial, or secondarily generalized.
  3. Age 18-64.
  4. Must have 4-20 during the baseline phase.
  5. Must have medical clearance from their primary care giver sufficient to allow for participation in yoga exercises.
  6. Must be stable enough to allow for all anticonvulsant levels to remain constant for the duration of the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Having primary generalized epilepsy or atonic seizures.
  2. Having a history of status epilepticus in the past two years.
  3. Any medical problem that would preclude participation in a yoga class.
  4. Nonepileptic or psychogenic seizures.
  5. Pregnancy.
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
18 Years to 64 Years   (Adult)
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United States
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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Kaarkuzhali Krishanmurthy, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
December 2007

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