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Could Tai-chi Help Maintain Balance of Spinocerebellar Ataxia Patients

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03687190
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 27, 2018
Last Update Posted : September 28, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Chin-San Liu, Changhua Christian Hospital

Brief Summary:
Spinocerebellar atrophy is the most common autosomal dominant inherited ataxia. There are over thirty subtypes, which characterize neurologic features differently. They all have obvious substantial cerebellar atrophies in image, and unstable gait、ataxia. In general a prevalence of about three cases per 100 000 people is assumed, but this may be an underestimate. Progressive neurologic degeneration, in about 10-20 years, will leads to disability or wheelchair-dependent. Accompanying with fatigue, downhill course of the disease often made patients depressive and hopeless. The recent review of researches concludes no effective therapy for the disease. The purpose of the investigator's study is to explore the Tai-chi exercise effect for spinocerebellar ataxia.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Spinocerebellar Ataxias Tai ji Behavioral: Tai chi Drug: conventional medicine Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 46 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Integrative Medicine and Tai-chi in Clinical Status of Spinocerebellar Ataxia
Actual Study Start Date : May 13, 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2, 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2, 2015

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Tai chi
participants in this group accepted Tai chi exercise and conventional medicine.
Behavioral: Tai chi
participants were required to receive hospital-based Tai chi training at least once a month, and home-based Tai chi exercise at least three times a week over the next 2 years

Drug: conventional medicine
participants without Tai chi training still received routine conventional medicine

Active Comparator: controlled group
participants were not received Tai chi exercise, but only routine conventional medicine
Drug: conventional medicine
participants without Tai chi training still received routine conventional medicine

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia(SARA) [ Time Frame: two years ]
    SARA assesses eight aspects of cerebellar function: walking, sitting, standing, speaking, finger chasing, the nose-finger test, fast alternating hand movements, and the heel-shin slide. The eight categories accumulate score ranging from 0 (no ataxia) to 40 (most severe ataxia).Gait (0-8 points),Stance (0-6 points),Sitting (0-4 points),Speech disturbance (0-6 points),Finger chase (0-4 points),Nose-finger test (0-4 points),Fast alternating hand movement (0-4 points),Heel-shin slide (0-4 points).

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • progressive ataxia accompanied with the observation of cerebellar atrophy on magnetic resonance or computed tomography images
  • SARA score of less than 20

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with complicated cerebellar disorders, such as multiple system atrophy, Parkinson-plus syndromes, secondary cerebellar degeneration from encephalitis, trauma, hypoxia, cerebrovascular diseases, and toxic- or drug-induced cerebellar degeneration
  • SARA score of larger than 20

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03687190

Sponsors and Collaborators
Changhua Christian Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Chin-San Liu assistant administrator
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Responsible Party: Chin-San Liu, assistant administrator, Changhua Christian Hospital Identifier: NCT03687190    
Other Study ID Numbers: 121013
First Posted: September 27, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 28, 2018
Last Verified: September 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Cerebellar Ataxia
Spinocerebellar Ataxias
Spinocerebellar Degenerations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Cerebellar Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
Heredodegenerative Disorders, Nervous System
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn