Effects of Local Anesthetic or Saline Solution on Peripheral Nerve Stimulation – a Randomised Study

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : September 15, 2005
Last Update Posted : November 17, 2005
Rechbergklinik Bretten
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Heidelberg University

Brief Summary:
In this study we want to examine the effect of a small amount of local anesthetic or saline solution on nerve conduction using a peripheral nerve stimulator.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Percutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation Procedure: peripheral nerve stimulation (procedure) Phase 4

Detailed Description:

Using electrical nerve stimulation in performing peripheral nerve helps to control the needle position in relation to the nerve and therefore may increase the likelihood of a successful nerve block. Defining the minimal stimulating current accepted also may help to avoid direct contact between nerve and needle or accidental endoneural injection and subsequent nerve lesion.

In recent years there have been many reports where several nerves, parts thereof or plexuses have been anesthetised using a multiple injection approach. That is, nerves in close proximity of each other have been subsequently blocked after using a nerve stimulator to locate them.

It is not clear though, whether a nerve may already be partially anesthetised in this situation and whether that would impair the correct use of a peripheral nerve stimulator.

The aim of this study is to examine the excitability of a peripheral nerve after injecting a small amount of local anesthetic agent or saline solution into the proximity of the nerve.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Local Anesthetic or Saline Solution on Peripheral Nerve Stimulation – a Randomised, Double-Blind, Multicenter Study About the Stimulability of Anesthetized Nerves
Study Start Date : January 2004
Study Completion Date : January 2005

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anesthesia

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

ASA 1-2

Exclusion Criteria:

peripheral neuropathy, ASA >2

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00176111

Bretten, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany, 75015
Sponsors and Collaborators
Heidelberg University
Rechbergklinik Bretten
Study Chair: Heinz Kaiser, MD Rechbergklinik Bretten

Publications of Results: Identifier: NCT00176111     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: nervstim001
First Posted: September 15, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 17, 2005
Last Verified: January 2004

Keywords provided by Heidelberg University:
peripheral nerve stimulation
local anesthestics
regional anesthestia
nerve damage

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anesthetics, Local
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents