This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition trigger finger
Treatments triamcinolone (20 g) and 2% lidocaine injection over the a1 pulley, 2% lidocaine, triamcinolone (20 g), j-tip lidocaine administration, triamcinolone (20 g) injection over the a1 pulley.
Sponsor Brigham and Women's Hospital
Start date March 2014
End date March 2015
Trial size 128 participants
Trial identifier NCT02084706, 2013P002370


Jet-injection (J-tip) is a rapid, minimally invasive delivery system that can be used for the subdermal injection of lidocaine solution for anesthetic purposes. The device has been found effective in pain reduction during IV catheterization in adults and children and lumbar puncture in children when compared to placebo saline-jet injection. [1-4].

We believe that administering local anesthetic via J-tip prior to triamcinolone(40 mg/ml) injection could mitigate pain that occurs during and immediately following injection while preserving the post-injection pain relief of anesthetic injection. Furthermore, pre-placement of the jet-injected local anesthetic may obviate the need for the inclusion of local anesthetic into the triamcinolone injection. This would decrease the amount of fluid injected, which could have positive pain modulation by decreased tissue disruption.

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of needle free jet injection (J-tip) administration of 2% lidocaine in reduction of the pain experienced during trigger digit 40 mg/ml triamcinolone injection.

Hypothesis: Needle free jet injection (J-tip) administration of 2% lidocaine will prove an equal or superior means of pain reduction when compared to 2% lidocaine injection in the setting of trigger digit triamcinolone injections.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (subject)
(Active Comparator)
Group one subjects will receive an injection of 0.5mL (20 g) of Triamcinolone and 0.5 mL of 2% Lidocaine over the A1 pulley.
triamcinolone (20 g) and 2% lidocaine injection over the a1 pulley
2% lidocaine
triamcinolone (20 g)
Group two subjects will receive a needle free "J-tip" administration of 0.5mL of 2% lidocaine prior (2-10 minutes) to needle injection of 0.5mL of Triamcinolone (20 g) over the A1 pulley.
2% lidocaine
triamcinolone (20 g)
j-tip lidocaine administration
triamcinolone (20 g) injection over the a1 pulley.

Primary Outcomes

Visual-analog score (VAS)
time frame: Our outcome measure will be collected within the 60 seconds following the steroid injection.

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Patients who present to the Hand Clinic at Brigham and Women's Hospital or Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, are 18 years of age or older and are indicated for a trigger digit steroid injection will be eligible for participation

Additional Information

Official title Needle-Free Injection of Lidocaine for Local Anesthesia Prior to Trigger Digit Injection
Principal investigator Philip E Blazar, MD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Brigham and Women's Hospital.