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Yoga for Patients With Epilepsy

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: NCT00179452
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted : March 13, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kaarkuzhali Babu Krishnamurthy, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Brief Summary:
To establish the safety and feasibility of having patients with epilepsy perform yoga.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Epilepsy Behavioral: Yoga Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Subjects will keep logs of seizure frequency prior to, during, and following training in a yoga regimen. Instruction in the yoga regimen will occur at BIDMC, and home practice following classroom instruction will occur as part of the study. Side effects, changes in seizure frequency, and quality of life assessments will be performed.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Is Yoga Safe for Patients With Epilepsy?
Study Start Date : October 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2008

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MedlinePlus related topics: Epilepsy

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intervention
Subjects invited to participate in yoga practice.
Behavioral: Yoga

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improvement in quality of life assessments. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  2. Improvement in mood. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Improvement in seizure control. [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 64 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Must be able to give full informed consent.
  2. Must have one or more of the following seizure types: simple partial, complex partial, or secondarily generalized.
  3. Age 18-64.
  4. Must have 4-20 during the baseline phase.
  5. Must have medical clearance from their primary care giver sufficient to allow for participation in yoga exercises.
  6. Must be stable enough to allow for all anticonvulsant levels to remain constant for the duration of the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Having primary generalized epilepsy or atonic seizures.
  2. Having a history of status epilepticus in the past two years.
  3. Any medical problem that would preclude participation in a yoga class.
  4. Nonepileptic or psychogenic seizures.
  5. Pregnancy.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00179452

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United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Kaarkuzhali Krishanmurthy, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Kaarkuzhali Babu Krishnamurthy, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier: NCT00179452    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2003P000337
First Posted: September 16, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 13, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: No plan to share as was not included in original protocol as approved by the IRB, so subject consent was not obtained.
Keywords provided by Kaarkuzhali Babu Krishnamurthy, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:
epilepsy, yoga
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases