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Decoding Chronic Pain With fMRI

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: NCT01766973
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 11, 2013
Last Update Posted : June 8, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr Ben Seymour, University of Cambridge

Brief Summary:
Recent evidence suggests that chronic pain is associated with abnormal connectivity between brain regions associated with the processing of pain. We aim to test the diagnostic power of resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose patients with chronic back pain. Using new methods of image acquisition and analysis we aim to develop a computational method to correctly classify patients and matched control subjects.

Condition or disease
Chronic Back Pain

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 76 participants
Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Observational Study to Determine Abnormalities in Resting State fMRI in Chronic Back Pain.
Actual Study Start Date : April 6, 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 6, 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : June 6, 2018

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Chronic back pain
Adults, >6months duration
Age and sex matched controls

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Functional brain connectivity [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Assessed by fMRI

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adults with >6 months of mechanical lower back pain, not sue to any major systemic disease

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18-60
  • pain > 6months
  • right-handed
  • non-smoking
  • mechanical back pain

Exclusion Criteria:

  • significant neurological or psychiatric disease
  • major systemic illness
  • MRI exclusion criteria

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01766973

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United Kingdom
Addenbrookes Hospital
Cambridge, United Kingdom, CB2 0QQ
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Cambridge
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Principal Investigator: Ben Seymour, MRCP PhD University of Cambridge
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Responsible Party: Dr Ben Seymour, Wellcome Intermediate Clinical Fellow, University of Cambridge Identifier: NCT01766973    
Other Study ID Numbers: CE-U.NA.NFLT.EGDF
First Posted: January 11, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 8, 2018
Last Verified: June 2018

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Back Pain
Neurologic Manifestations