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Auricular Acupuncture for Pain Relief After Ambulatory Knee Arthroscopy

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00233857
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 6, 2005
Last Update Posted : February 28, 2011
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
The aim was to investigate whether auricular acupuncture is superior to sham acupuncture in relief of acute postoperative pain and in reduction of analgesics consumption on demand and their side effects in patients after ambulatory knee arthroscopy

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Postoperative Pain Procedure: Auricular acupuncture Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 120 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Auricular Acupuncture Versus Placebo (Sham Acupuncture) for Postoperative Pain Relief After Ambulatory Knee Arthroscopy - a Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : August 2003
Primary Completion Date : July 2004
Study Completion Date : August 2004

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MedlinePlus related topics: Acupuncture
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Arms and Interventions

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Postoperative ibuprofen requirement after the surgery

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain intensity assessed by patients on VAS-100 ; total piritramide requirement in anesthesia recovery room; incidence of analgesia-related side effects

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 65 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients with an American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status of I to II scheduled for ambulatory knee arthroscopy under general anesthesia.
  2. Surgery time does not exceed 60 minutes.
  3. Patients without previous opioid and/or psychiatric medication.
  4. Patients ranged 16-65 years old.
  5. Patients able to use Visual Analogue Scale-100 for pain intensity measurement.
  6. Patients who have given informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnant or nursing females.
  2. Recidivist alcoholics and/or patients with history of psychiatric disease.
  3. Local or systemic infection.
  4. Age < 16 and > 65 years.
  5. Surgery time more than 60 minutes.
  6. Inability to use Visual Analogue Scale-100.
  7. Patients consumed opioid medication before surgery.
  8. Patients with prosthetic or damaged cardiac valves (s. Potential risks)
  9. Patients who are unable to understand the consent form.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00233857

Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine Department, University of Greifswald, Germany
Greifswald, Germany, 17487
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Medicine Greifswald
Principal Investigator: Taras I. Usichenko, Assistant Professor Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine Department, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany
More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00233857     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: III UV 23/03
First Posted: October 6, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 28, 2011
Last Verified: February 2011

Keywords provided by University Medicine Greifswald:
Acute pain
postoperative pain
auricular acupuncture

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms