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Phase II Study of Pallidotomy for Parkinson Disease

This study has been completed.
Emory University
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Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) Identifier:
First received: February 24, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: December 2001


I. Evaluate the safety and efficacy of pallidotomy immediately following 3 preoperative assessments vs. delayed pallidotomy following 6 months of standard medical therapy in patients with Parkinson disease.

Condition Intervention Phase
Parkinson Disease
Procedure: pallidotomy
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 1994
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. One group of patients undergoes the surgical procedure pallidotomy, a precise lesioning of brain cells in the globus pallidus.

The other group receives standard medical care for 6 months followed by a pallidotomy.


Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


--Disease Characteristics--

Idiopathic Parkinson disease Hoehn and Yahr stage III or worse during "off" periods

Responsive to levodopa by history or exam Sub-optimal clinical response to maximal medication Medication optimized for at least 4 weeks prior to entry

No atypical or secondary disease, e.g.:

  • No history of cerebrovascular accident
  • No cerebellar involvement
  • No severe brain atrophy on magnetic resonance imaging

No Mattis Dementia Rating Scale score less than 116

No dementia meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV criteria

No Hamilton Depression Rating Scale score greater than 10

No Hamilton Anxiety Scale score greater than 14

--Patient Characteristics--

Other: No medical contraindication to surgery, e.g.:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiopulmonary disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004670

Sponsors and Collaborators
Emory University
Study Chair: Mahlon R. DeLong Emory University
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00004670     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/12083, EUSM-018, EUSM-409-92
Study First Received: February 24, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
Parkinson disease
neurologic and psychiatric disorders
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Parkinson Disease
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Movement Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Parkinsonian Disorders processed this record on November 25, 2014