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Acupuncture to Prevent Postoperative Bowel Paralysis (Paralytic Ileus)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00065234
Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : July 22, 2003
Last Update Posted : March 28, 2017
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Ileus Neoplasms Procedure: Acupuncture Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Acupuncture to Prevent Postoperative Paralytic Ileus
Study Start Date : September 2003
Study Completion Date : May 2006

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
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

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00065234

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United States, Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
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Principal Investigator: Joseph S Chiang, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00065234    
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT001065-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: July 22, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 28, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017
Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction
Intestinal Obstruction
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases