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Yoga for Patients With Epilepsy

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00179452
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted : March 13, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):

September 13, 2005
September 16, 2005
March 13, 2017
October 2003
October 2008   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Improvement in quality of life assessments. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Improvement in mood. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Improvement in quality of life assessments.
  • Improvement in mood.
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Improvement in seizure control. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
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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Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Behavioral: Yoga
Experimental: Intervention
Subjects invited to participate in yoga practice.
Intervention: Behavioral: Yoga
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October 2008
October 2008   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
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Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: No plan to share as was not included in original protocol as approved by the IRB, so subject consent was not obtained.
Kaarkuzhali Babu Krishnamurthy, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Kaarkuzhali Krishanmurthy, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
March 2017

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