Trial document




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  DRKS00020967

Trial Description

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Title

Stimulation Induced ceREbellar syndrome after VIM/DRT-DBS – the SIREN-Study

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Trial Acronym

SIREN

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URL of the Trial

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

The study will include patients with essential tremor who are treated with deep brain stimulation and who are managed by the Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University Hospital of Freiburg. The aim of the study is to investigate a simple clinical marker - change in tremor frequency after switching off stimulation - to determine whether it is suitable for the diagnosis of stimulation-induced cerebellar syndrome, a side effect of deep brain stimulation.

Patients receiving deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat their essential tremor often (13-40%) develop slowly increasing stimulation-induced cerebellar syndrome (SICS), which leads to recurrence of tremor and/or increasing coordination problems when walking. These complaints limit the patients' quality of life. The diagnosis is difficult to make in the typical outpatient care situation, as the symptoms develop gradually over a longer period of time and overlap with symptoms that occur with increasing essential tremor, but also with disorders in the delivery of sensory input to the cerebellum. However, it is important to identify the SICS, as the treatment is exactly the opposite of increasing essential tremor: with increasing essential tremor, stimulation can be increased, with SICS, stimulation should be reduced, as an increase only relieves in the very short term, while in the medium to long term, the SICS deteriorates. In patients with SICS who we have examined in detail on an inpatient basis and in whom we have switched the stimulation, it was found that the drop in tremor frequency when the stimulation is switched off could be a diagnostically useful parameter for identifying patients with SICS. Therefore, we would now like to examine all patients with DBS in essential tremor (those with and without SICS) who are treated at the outpatient clinic for this phenomenon of the drop in frequency when the stimulation is switched off and analyse how well this phenomenon is suited to identify patients with cerebellar symptoms. In addition, existing clinical data will be used to obtain information on the causes and effects of SICS.

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

The primary objective of the study is to investigate determining and prognostic factors for the presence of a cerebellar syndrome.

As the primary prognostic factor, we want to investigate whether the change in tremor frequency after switching off stimulation is suitable for diagnosing stimulation-induced cerebellar syndrome.

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Do you plan to share individual participant data with other researchers?

No

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Description IPD sharing plan:

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00020967
  •   2020/02/28
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  •   yes
  •   Approved
  •   623/19, Ethik-Kommission der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
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Secondary IDs

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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   G25.0 -  Essential tremor
  •   G46.4 -  Cerebellar stroke syndrome
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   The following examinations with stimulation switched on and off are performed as part of a regular outpatient visit in patients with essential tremor treated with DBS:
    - objective tremor test (frequency, power)
    - scale-based tremor testing (Flag-Tolosa-Marin-Tremor-Rating-Scale) (video-assisted)
    - scale-based testing of coordination/balance:
    Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA) (video-based)
    Tinetti Balance Assessment Tool
    - Studies of movement and postural control (video-assisted):
    Timed-Up-And-Go Test
    Hand Coordination Test
    Postural control
    - Investigation of further clinical parameters
    Pallesthesia
    Nystagmus
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Characteristics

  •   Non-interventional
  •   Observational study
  •   Single arm study
  •   Open (masking not used)
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  •   Uncontrolled/Single arm
  •   Diagnostic
  •   Single (group)
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  •   N/A
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Primary Outcome

The primary factor to be investigated is the difference in tremor frequency (DBS OFF - THS ON)

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Secondary Outcome

Difference in Tremor Power (DBS OFF-ON)
Occurrence of nystagmus when the stimulation is switched off
Relevant diseases: other cerebellar ataxia, impairment of the affinity to the cerebellum (spinal ataxia, polyneuropathy)
Age
Pallesthesia of the right and left lower extremity
Stimulation parameters (localization, amplitude, frequency, pulse width)
Handling of the stimulation by the patient Demand-adapted reduction of the stimulation during the day (yes vs. no)? night-time reduction of stimulation (yes, night switch-off vs. yes, night-time reduction vs. no)?

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Germany
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Locations of Recruitment

  • University Medical Center 
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Recruitment

  •   Actual
  •   2020/03/16
  •   50
  •   Monocenter trial
  •   National
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   18   Years
  •   no maximum age
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

1. adult patients who have been treated with DBS as part of their essential tremor and who are connected to the Outpatient Clinic for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Freiburg

2. written consent

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Exclusion Criteria

1. inability to provide informed consent;

2. patients who are no longer able to walk or only able to walk assisted by a walker

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Addresses

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    • Universitätsklinikum Freiburg Klinik für Neurochirurgie Abteilung Stereotaktische und Funktionelle Neurochirurgie
    • Mr.  Dr.  Bastian  Sajonz 
    • Breisacher Str. 64
    • 79106  Freiburg
    • Germany
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    • Universitätsklinikum Freiburg Klinik für Neurochirurgie Abteilung Stereotaktische und Funktionelle Neurochirurgie
    • Mr.  Dr.  Bastian  Sajonz 
    • Breisacher Str. 64
    • 79106  Freiburg
    • Germany
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    • Universitätsklinikum Freiburg Klinik für Neurochirurgie Abteilung Stereotaktische und Funktionelle Neurochirurgie
    • Mr.  Dr.  Bastian  Sajonz 
    • Breisacher Str. 64
    • 79106  Freiburg
    • Germany
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • Universitätsklinikum Freiburg Klinik für Neurochirurgie Abteilung Stereotaktische und Funktionelle Neurochirurgie
    • Mr.  Dr.  Bastian  Sajonz 
    • Breisacher Str. 64
    • 79106  Freiburg
    • Germany
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Status

  •   Recruiting complete, follow-up complete
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  •   2021/12/20
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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