Scrambler Therapy in Treating Chronic Pain in Patients With Rash From Varicella Zoster Virus Infection
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Conditions||dermatologic complications, pain, viral infection|
|Treatments||scrambler therapy, questionnaire administration, dermatologic complications management/prevention|
|Start date||March 2011|
|End date||September 2016|
|Trial size||10 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT01347736, 11-00531, MC10CE, NCI-2011-00338|
This pilot clinical trial studies how well scrambler therapy works treating chronic pain in patients with rash from varicella zoster virus infection. Scrambler therapy may help relieve pain from a rash caused by varicella zoster virus infection
|Endpoint classification||efficacy study|
|Intervention model||single group assignment|
Change in pain on a 0-10 numerical rating scale.
time frame: 10 weeks
Male or female participants at least 18 years old.
Inclusion Criteria: - Pain of >= 1 month (30 days) duration attributed to zoster, for which the patient wants intervention - Pain at least a four out of ten problem during the prior week, on a 0-10 scale where zero was no problem and ten was the worst possible problem - Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Performance Status (PS) = 0, 1, or 2 - Life expectancy >= 3 months (90 days) - Ability to complete questionnaire(s) by themselves or with assistance - Provide informed written consent Exclusion Criteria: - Any of the following because this study involves an investigational agent whose genotoxic, mutagenic and teratogenic effects on the developing fetus and newborn are unknown - Pregnant women - Patients with implantable drug delivery systems, e.g. Medtronic Synchromed - Patients with heart stents or metal implants such as pacemakers, automatic defibrillators, aneurysm clips, vena cava clips and skull plates; (metal implants for orthopedic repair, e.g. pins, clips, plates, cages, joint replacements are allowed as are central venous access devices) - Patients with a history of myocardial infarction or ischemic heart disease within the past six months - Patients with history of epilepsy, brain damage, use of anti-convulsants for seizure prevention, symptomatic brain metastases; Note: anti-convulsant use is allowed for neuropathy and heart failure (HF) if on a stable dose - Other identified causes of pain in the area that was affected by herpes zoster - Skin conditions such as open sores that would prevent proper application of the electrodes - Other medical or other condition(s) that in the opinion of the investigators might compromise the objectives of the study - Prior treatment with Calmare MC-5A therapy - Patient initiation of a new analgesic treatment within 7 days prior to initiation of protocol treatment
|Official title||Scrambler Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Zoster Pain|
|Principal investigator||Charles Loprinzi|
|Description||PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. To explore whether we can decrease post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) pain with scrambler therapy. OUTLINE: Patients undergo scrambler therapy for approximately 30 minutes. Treatment continues for 10 days in the absence of pain progression or unacceptable toxicity. After the completion of study treatment, patients are followed up for 10 weeks.|
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