Auricular Acupuncture for The Treatment of Post-Tonsillectomy Pain

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Naval Medical Center

Status

Completed

Conditions

Recurrent Tonsillitis
Peritonsillar Abscess
Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Treatments

Procedure: Auricular Acupuncture

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other U.S. Federal agency

Identifiers

NCT01790477
NMCSD.2012.0102

Details and patient eligibility

About

The goal of this study is to assess the role of battlefield acupuncture in the reduction of pain scores status post adult tonsillectomy. Secondary goals of this study include reduction in narcotic usage, decreased nausea and vomiting, and evaluating patient factors that lend an increased risk of worsening pain or improved response with acupuncture.

Enrollment

134 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Any adult patient who meets criteria and is scheduled for tonsillectomy

Exclusion criteria

  • Any patient with prior use of acupuncture
  • Individuals under age 18
  • Tonsillectomy performed with other surgical procedures, i.e UPPP, adenoidectomy,
  • Patients with a known personal or family history of a bleeding disorder will be excluded.
  • Patients with a history of kidney or liver problems will also be excluded.
  • Patients found to be pregnant will be excluded from participation.
  • Patients unwilling to enroll in the study will have the tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy performed according to current practice standards.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

134 participants in 2 patient groups

Auricular Acupuncture
Experimental group
Description:
Use of auricular acupuncture in bilateral ears
Treatment:
Procedure: Auricular Acupuncture
Control
No Intervention group

Trial contacts and locations

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