Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions pain, anxiety
Treatments aculaser applied to kidney points, aculaser applied to sham points
Sponsor University of California, San Francisco
Start date July 2013
End date April 2015
Trial size 120 participants
Trial identifier NCT01879826, Laser

Summary

The purpose of this study is to test if treatment with laser therapy in pediatric patients undergoing renal biopsies will improve patient satisfaction of the overall procedure. In this study, the participant will receive a laser acupuncture treatment targeting either kidney acupoints or targeting "sham" points not associated with the kidney; the participant will not get both. Both treatment sessions are given by a certified medical acupuncturist. The patient will still receive standard pain control protocols with anesthetic medications like lidocaine plus ketamine or fentanyl and versed during the biopsy, along with pain management after the procedure. All medication will be administered without regard for which group the participant has been randomized, as the treatment team will also be blinded.

Hypothesis:

We will test the hypothesis that treatment with laser acupuncture in patients undergoing renal biopsies will improve patient satisfaction of the overall procedure.

Specific Aims:

Specific Aim 1: Determine whether the use of laser acupuncture improves patient's overall satisfaction of renal biopsy.

Specific Aim 2: Determine whether the use of laser acupuncture decreases the amount of sedative medication given during renal biopsy.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (subject, caregiver, investigator)
Primary purpose supportive care
Arm
(Sham Comparator)
The patient will receive aculaser, performed by licensed acupuncturist, to "sham" acupuncture sites. In addition, the patient will still receive standard pain control protocols with anesthetic medications like lidocaine plus ketamine or fentanyl and versed during the biopsy, along with pain management after the procedure.
aculaser applied to sham points Aculaser: Microlight ML830
The patient will receive aculaser, performed by licensed acupuncturist, to "sham" acupuncture sites. In addition, the patient will still receive standard pain control protocols with anesthetic medications like lidocaine plus ketamine or fentanyl and versed during the biopsy, along with pain management after the procedure.
(Experimental)
The patient will receive aculaser, performed by licensed acupuncturist, to known kidney acupuncture sites. In addition, the patient will still receive standard pain control protocols with anesthetic medications like lidocaine plus ketamine or fentanyl and versed during the biopsy, along with pain management after the procedure.
aculaser applied to kidney points Aculaser: Microlight ML830
The patient will receive aculaser, performed by licensed acupuncturist, to known kidney acupuncture sites. In addition, the patient will still receive standard pain control protocols with anesthetic medications like lidocaine plus ketamine or fentanyl and versed during the biopsy, along with pain management after the procedure.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
patient pain/anxiety
time frame: 1 day

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Medication amount
time frame: 1 day

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 7 years up to 25 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - older than 6 years old - admitted for a transplant or native kidney biopsy performed by pediatric nephrology Exclusion Criteria: - Prisoners - Pregnant females - Those who are unable to participate with the visual analog scale

Additional Information

Official title Efficacy of Laser Therapy as an Adjuvant Treatment During Kidney Biopsies to Decrease Anxiety and Pain.
Principal investigator Cynthia Kim, MD
Description At University of California San Francisco, there are approximately 100 pediatric renal biopsies per year. All of these patients receive sedation, which is prescribed and supervised by the pediatric pain and palliative care team, with either ketamine or fentanyl and versed. Child life is involved; however, many children still experience anxiety and/or pain with the procedure. Use of a modality such as aculaser which may decrease these symptoms could enhance their experience. The term "laser" stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. In laser acupuncture, a low power, cold light produced by a low-level laser diode is used to stimulate an acupuncture point. As it is non-invasive, laser acupuncture is thought to be safer than needle acupuncture, especially in the setting of patients with blood-borne infectious diseases. In a systematic review analyzing the evidence to support the effectiveness of laser acupuncture, randomized control trials in which adults with soft tissue injury, acute or chronic pain condition, or any systemic illness were included. This review reports moderate level of evidence for treatment of myofascial pain and post-operative nausea/vomiting and limited evidence of the clinical effectiveness of treating chronic tension headaches. Of note, no complications of the use of aculaser were reported in this review (1). 1. Baxter GD, Bleakley C, McDonough S. Clinical effectiveness of laser acupuncture: a systematic review. J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2008 Dec;1(2):65-82.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2015.
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