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The Effects of the Magnetic Molecular Energizer (MME) on Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

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 July 2007 by Advanced Magnetic Research Institute International.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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Advanced Magnetic Research Institute International Identifier:
First received: August 22, 2005
Last updated: July 8, 2007
Last verified: July 2007
This study is intended to demonstrate that exposure to a high intensity, DC electromagnetic field, as supplied by the investigational device known as the Molecular Magnetic Energizer (MME), will create a clinically meaningful improvement in pain and nerve dysfunction in the feet of patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN).

Condition Intervention Phase
Diabetic Neuropathies Pain Neuralgia Procedure: MME procedure Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Sham-Controlled Clinical Study to Evaluate The Effect of the Magnetic Molecular Energizer (MME) on Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

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Further study details as provided by Advanced Magnetic Research Institute International:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improvement in neurologic function following procedure
  • Improvement in DPN related pain following procedure
  • Subject tolerance to the MME procedure

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Neurologic function at 6 month follow-up
  • Pain level at 6 month follow-up
  • Quality of Life assessments at baseline, post-procedure and 6 month follow-up

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: July 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2008
Detailed Description:

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) affects up to 1/2 of diabetics, both type I and II. It contributes to limb amputation, and can cause painful symptoms which are difficult to treat. Application of a high intensity, DC electromagnetic field, as supplied by the investigational device the Magnetic Molecular Energizer (MME) has shown in a pilot study with participants having DPN in their feet, to have created significant improvement in painful symptoms and improved measures of neurologic function in 7 of 10 participants. This study will enroll participants and evaluate them at baseline with regard to pain levels, nerve function and quality of life. They will then be randomized to receive 120 hr exposure to either active MME procedure, or sham procedure. Following the 120 hrs the participants will then receive the same evaluation for pain level, nerve function and quality of life. These evaluations will be repeated a final time 6 months following. The participants will be blinded to whether they receive the active or sham procedure.

The MME procedure consists of laying on a bed with the feet lying in the space between two large electromagnetic coils which, when activated, produce a DC magnetic field measuring 5000 gauss. The participants will lay on the bed with feet in the magnetic field for 8 to 12 hours a day for 10 to 16 days in succession. Breaks are allowed, and no restraints are required. The procedure may be done at night so that participants may sleep.

Pain assessment will be done by self assessment using rating with the Visual Analogue Scale.

Neurologic function will be assessed with Cutaneous Perception Threshold testing using the Neurometer, a commercially available, FDA approved device.

Quality of life assessment will be by the Neuropathy Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 79 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with diabetic peripheral neuropathy in feet with associated pain/discomfort.
  • Stable and controlled diabetes with hemoglobin A1c level less than 9.0% at entry into the study. Diabetes type I or type II accepted.
  • Subjects must be able to read English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pacemakers, defibrillators, aneurysm clips, cochlear implants, any metallic particles in eyes or ferromagnetic metal shrapnel, projectile or implant in body.
  • Pregnant women
  • Concurrent neuropathy not due to diabetes.
  • Unstable cardiac disease or uncontrolled blood pressure.
  • Renal failure
  • Active hepatitis
  • History of nerve injury to lower extremities.
  • History of spinal surgery or total knee arthroplasty
  • Current malignancy
  • Alcoholism
  • History of stroke
  • Seizure disorder
  • Current use of long acting narcotic medication
  • Skin ulceration or breakdown of the lower extremities
  • Peripheral vascular disease sufficient to cause extremity pain at rest.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00134524

United States, Arizona
AMRI Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85711
United States, Michigan
Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States, 48313
United States, North Carolina
Mocksville, North Carolina, United States, 27208
United States, Ohio
Amri NW Oh
Toledo, Ohio, United States, 48313
United States, Washington
Renton, Washington, United States, 98055
Sponsors and Collaborators
Advanced Magnetic Research Institute International
Study Director: Wayne R Bonlie, MD AMRI International
  More Information

Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00134524     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AMRI-DPN-01
Study First Received: August 22, 2005
Last Updated: July 8, 2007

Keywords provided by Advanced Magnetic Research Institute International:
Diabetic neuropathy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Diabetic Neuropathies
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Diabetes Complications
Diabetes Mellitus
Endocrine System Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017