This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition carpal tunnel syndrome
Treatments botulinum toxin type a, placebo
Phase phase 2
Sponsor Benjamin Sucher
Collaborator Allergan
Start date October 2014
End date July 2016
Trial size 10 participants
Trial identifier NCT02070302, 85700


This study will be a prospective double blind controlled randomized trial of ten patients diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). The study will be completed at offices of medical practices in Arizona. Patients who meet inclusion criteria will be randomly distributed into two groups: a BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) injection group and a Normal Saline Injection (NS) (Placebo group). Each group will consist of five randomly assigned individuals.

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, investigator)
Primary purpose treatment
(Active Comparator)
After appropriate consent, each patient will receive 40 units of BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) divided into two injection sites of 20 units each into Opponens Pollicis (OP) and the Abductor Pollicis Brevis (APB)
botulinum toxin type a Botox
40 units of BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) divided into two injection sites of 20 units each
(Placebo Comparator)
.4cc/muscle of Normal saline will be injected into two injection sites each into Opponens Pollicis (OP) and the Abductor Pollicis Brevis (APB)
placebo Normal Saline
Placebo (Normal Saline) divided into 2 injections of .4cc each

Primary Outcomes

Change from baseline Levine Scale function and symptom severity at week 6, week 12, and week 18.
time frame: baseline, week 6, week 12, and week 18

Secondary Outcomes

Change from baseline JAMAR pinch dynamometer muscle weakness at week 6, week 12, and week 18.
time frame: baseline, week 6, week 12, and week 18

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants of any age.

Inclusion Criteria: - Patient history: evaluated using the Levine Scale for CTS, a self-administered questionnaire which assesses the function and severity of CTS. - Physical Exam: including use of JAMAR pinch dynamometer to quantify initial baseline strength and confirm decreased pinch strength post injection to verify effective BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) injection. - Electrodiagnostics (EDX): The following criteria would establish CTS through EDX namely baseline electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS): a) median nerve distal motor latency (DML) >4.3ms or >0.9ms above the ulnar nerve DML b) median distal sensory latency (DSL) to D-1 >2.9ms or >0.4ms above radial nerve D-1 DSL. c) median D-2 DSL >3.7ms or >0.4ms above ulnar nerve D-5 DSL (5). d) median mixed nerve palm-to-wrist latency (at 8cm) >2.2ms or >.3ms above ulnar mixed nerve palm-to-wrist latency (at 8cm). - Imaging & Measurements (NMUS): Carpal tunnel images will be obtained in a transverse plane in both a neutral relaxed position at the level of the pisiform and longitudinally during neutral and Dynamic Stress Testing (DST) (5, 27) by a A Sonosite M-Turbo 6-13 MHz ultrasound system or another similar system (+ 2% accuracy). Measurements: Transverse images of the CT will measure the median nerve cross sectional area (CSA) at the level of the pisiform bone. CSA measurements greater than 11 mm2 (5, 27) are indicative of CTS. Borderline CSA measurements would require wrist forearm ratio (WFR) measurements to be a WFR > 1.5 (5, 36). Patients will need to have a CSA >11mm2, (or WFR >1.5) and show median nerve compression during DST of at least 30% to be included. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients with prior carpal tunnel surgery, prior history of BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) injection - Steroid injection two months prior or three months after BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) CTS injection, median nerve denervation on needle EMG - Major limb trauma or surgery, dysphagia - Neuromuscular junction disorder (ie: Myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome) - Currently pregnant or breast feeding - Patients with severe CTS identified by Levine scale >4, electrodiagnostics, and/or unable to meet the inclusion criteria as identified above would be excluded as participants in this study.

Additional Information

Official title BOTOX® (Onabotulinumtoxin A) Injection(s) as a Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Principal investigator Benjamin Sucher, DO
Description This is a pilot study, to assist with determining appropriate BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) dosing and injection locations in patients suffering from CTS. Outcome measures will be obtained at follow-up at 6, 12, and 18 weeks post BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) injection and post saline injection using the same scales and instruments at baseline, namely Levine scale, JAMAR pinch dynamometer, EDX/NCS and NMUS. These measurements will be used to identify the effectiveness of BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) in decreasing thenar muscle strength, appropriate BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) injection dosing, and ability to decrease the inflammation, median nerve dysfunction, edema, symptoms of pain, numbness, and tingling often with associated with CTS.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2016.
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