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Far Infrared Radiation for Sickle Cell Pain Management

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00599482
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified January 2009 by GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc..
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : January 23, 2008
Last Update Posted : January 5, 2009
Information provided by:
GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.

Brief Summary:
Most patients with sickle-cell disease have periodic intensely painful episodes. To manage this pain, we are proposing the drinking of at least 500 mL of water followed by far infrared radiation.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anemia, Sickle Cell Radiation: Far Infrared Radiation (5μm to 20μm wavelength) Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Painful sickle cell crises are treated with hydration and analgesics. Ischemia is an absolute or relative shortage of the blood supply to an organ. Relative shortage means the mismatch of blood supply (oxygen delivery) and blood request for adequate oxygenation of tissue.

It is hereby postulated that far infrared radiation of the body will promote blood and oxygen supply to the affected tissues. In addition, the analgesic properties of far infrared will alleviate pain due to the crisis.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 10 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Phase 1 Study to Examine the Use of Far Infrared Radiation for Pain Management During Sickle Cell Crisis
Study Start Date : January 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date : January 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Far Infrared Radiation
Radiation: Far Infrared Radiation (5μm to 20μm wavelength)
Far infrared radiation for 30 to 40 minutes during each session.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain Management [ Time Frame: 40 minutes ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • People with sickle cell disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00599482

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Canada, Ontario
The Centre for Incurable Diseases
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5R 3G9
Sponsors and Collaborators
GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.
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Study Chair: Ken Nedd, M.D. GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.
Study Director: Kwasi Donyina, Ph.D. GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.
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Responsible Party: Dr. Kwasi Donyina/Founder and President, GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00599482    
Other Study ID Numbers: GAAD-SCC-CTP1
First Posted: January 23, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 5, 2009
Last Verified: January 2009
Keywords provided by GAAD Medical Research Institute Inc.:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Anemia, Sickle Cell
Anemia, Hemolytic, Congenital
Anemia, Hemolytic
Hematologic Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn