Acupuncture to Prevent Postoperative Bowel Paralysis (Paralytic Ileus)

This study has suspended participant recruitment.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Identifier:
First received: July 18, 2003
Last updated: August 16, 2006
Last verified: August 2006

The purpose of this study is to determine if acupuncture is effective in preventing prolonged postoperative paralysis of the gastrointestinal tract among patients undergoing colostomy/ileostomy closure.

Condition Intervention Phase
Procedure: Acupuncture
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Acupuncture to Prevent Postoperative Paralytic Ileus

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: September 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2006

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Previous surgical cancer treatment with ileostomy/colostomy, now scheduled for closure
  • Hospital admission must be same day as surgery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Incapacitating disease
  • Concurrent herbal or laxative use
  • Use of Heparin or Coumadin
  • Upper or lower extremity deformities
  • Chronic constipation prior to cancer diagnosis
  • History of cerebrovascular accident or spinal cord injury
  • Chronic pain that has been treated with any form of major opioid or weak opioids (=/> 30mg/24 hours)
  • Pacemaker or metal implants
  • Concurrent alternative medicine/herbal use
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00065234

United States, Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Joseph S Chiang, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00065234     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21 AT001065-01A1, ChiangJ
Study First Received: July 18, 2003
Last Updated: August 16, 2006
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction
Intestinal Obstruction
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases processed this record on April 21, 2014