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Cerebral Palsy clinical trials at University of California Health

4 in progress, 3 open to eligible people

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  • Peri-operative Use of a Pain Injection in Pediatric Patients With Cerebral Palsy

    open to eligible people ages up to 18 years

    Pain management in pediatric patients presents a difficult challenge. Unlike adults, pediatric patients often cannot communicate their pain management needs clearly. Adequate pain control after surgery is pivotal for these patients in order to prevent negative physiologic and psychologic complications and to improve surgical outcomes. There is an ongoing shift away from the use of opioids in the post-operative setting due to both their negative side effects and their high potential for dependence and abuse. A variety of new techniques of multimodal pain management have been developed and utilized in elective orthopaedic procedures. Injection of local anesthetics is becoming a widely popular technique utilized in adult arthroplasty. This technique blocks pain directly at the site of injection, and therefore can improve post-operative pain while minimizing side effects. Evidence has demonstrated this technique to be both safe and effective, resulting in reduced opioid consumption post-operatively. However, this technique has not been studied for use in pediatric patients, a population in which reduced narcotic use is equally, if not more important than in adult patients. This study is a prospective, randomized controlled trial with 2 parallel arms. The goal of this study is to assess the efficacy of a surgical-site pain injection administered in pediatric patients with cerebral palsy undergoing major hip surgery. Patients who are scheduled to undergo surgery will be randomized to either intervention (injection of a pain cocktail) or placebo (injection of normal saline). The pain cocktail includes three medications: ropivacaine (a local anesthetic), ketorolac (an anti-inflammatory medication), and epinephrine (a medication to constrict blood vessels and increase the duration of action of any co-administered medications). A surgeon who is blinded to treatment group will administer the injection at the end of the procedure, prior to the patient waking from anesthesia. The injection is in addition to our typical multi-modal pain control protocol, which includes epidural anesthesia, acetaminophen, anti-inflammatories, oral narcotics and anti-spasmodic agents. Patients will then be monitored post-operatively and pain medication consumption (both while in the hospital post-operatively and for the first two weeks following discharge), patient-reported and/or nurse-recorded pain scores, length of hospital stay, and adverse effects will be recorded. At the first post-operative visit, patients' parents will be asked to complete a survey designed to assess parent satisfaction with their child's pain management after surgery. Patients, parents, and surgeons will be blinded to treatment group allocation. Data will be collected while the patient is in the hospital, after surgery (average duration 3-4 days), and at the first post-operative visit two to three weeks after surgery.

    at UCLA

  • Respiratory Exacerbation Plans for Action and Care Transitions for Children With Severe CP

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This study will pilot test a just-in-time (JIT) adaptive intervention to reduce severe respiratory illness, for children with severe cerebral palsy (CP). The intervention program, called RE-PACT, delivers timely, customized action planning and health coaching when mobile text messaging with families predicts hospitalization risk is elevated. A total of n=90 caregivers of children with severe CP will be enrolled from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and can expect to be on study for up to 6 months.

    at UCLA

  • Neonatal Seizure Registry - Developmental Functional EValuation

    open to eligible people ages 2-8

    The NSR-DEV study is a longitudinal cohort study of around 280 Neonatal Seizure Registry participants that aims to evaluate childhood outcomes after acute symptomatic neonatal seizures, as well as examine risk factors for developmental disabilities and whether these are modified by parent well-being.

    at UCSF

  • Pediatric Neural Sleeve Validation

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    In individuals with cerebral palsy (CP), signals from the brain to the muscles that are required for coordinated walking are either poorly controlled or absent. This results in abnormal walking (or gait) patterns and difficulty with independent movement. The purposes of this study is to test a device - a wearable leg sleeve - that can measure the abnormal signals sent from the brain to the muscles and the resulting movements and then send signals to the muscles to help make walking easier and smoother. 20 participants with, and 10 participants without, CP are being asked to come to test the device at the Kameron Gait and Motion Analysis Center. This requires one visit, which will last approximately 2-4 hours. During this visit, participants will undergo a physical exam and will be fit for the device on their leg. The participant will be asked to move their legs while the device is on to calibrate the device, and then the participants will walk while the device is interpreting their movement patterns. Participants with cerebral palsy will additionally walk with the device on their leg in a "corrective mode," where the device will provide stimulation to certain muscles in their leg in order to improve the patient's walking pattern. Last, participants will complete an instrumented gait analysis. Gait analysis involves recording movement patterns during walking using small reflective markers and sensor taped to the participant's legs and trunk. A series of cameras and computers are used to record the leg position and the walking speed. This data will be compared to the data provided from the device.

    at UCLA

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