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Far Infrared Radiation for Sickle Cell Pain Management

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 January 2009 by GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc..
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
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GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc. Identifier:
First received: January 11, 2008
Last updated: January 2, 2009
Last verified: January 2009
Most patients with sickle-cell disease have periodic intensely painful episodes. To manage this pain, we are proposing the drinking of at least 500 mL of water followed by far infrared radiation.

Condition Intervention Phase
Anemia, Sickle Cell
Radiation: Far Infrared Radiation (5μm to 20μm wavelength)
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Phase 1 Study to Examine the Use of Far Infrared Radiation for Pain Management During Sickle Cell Crisis

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Further study details as provided by GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain Management [ Time Frame: 40 minutes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: January 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Far Infrared Radiation
Radiation: Far Infrared Radiation (5μm to 20μm wavelength)
Far infrared radiation for 30 to 40 minutes during each session.

Detailed Description:

Painful sickle cell crises are treated with hydration and analgesics. Ischemia is an absolute or relative shortage of the blood supply to an organ. Relative shortage means the mismatch of blood supply (oxygen delivery) and blood request for adequate oxygenation of tissue.

It is hereby postulated that far infrared radiation of the body will promote blood and oxygen supply to the affected tissues. In addition, the analgesic properties of far infrared will alleviate pain due to the crisis.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • People with sickle cell disease

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00599482

Canada, Ontario
The Centre for Incurable Diseases
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5R 3G9
Sponsors and Collaborators
GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.
Study Chair: Ken Nedd, M.D. GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.
Study Director: Kwasi Donyina, Ph.D. GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Kwasi Donyina/Founder and President, GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc. Identifier: NCT00599482     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GAAD-SCC-CTP1
Study First Received: January 11, 2008
Last Updated: January 2, 2009

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anemia, Sickle Cell
Anemia, Hemolytic, Congenital
Anemia, Hemolytic
Hematologic Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn processed this record on May 25, 2017