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Saint Louis, Missouri 63110


Diabetic nerve pain [painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy] is a common medical problem with few reliably effective treatments. There is some evidence that sensory testing may help determine how individuals will respond to analgesic therapy. In this study, the investigators are evaluating the relationship between sensory testing and subject response to lidocaine infusion therapy.

Study summary:

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy [DPN] is caused by diabetes-related metabolic damage to the sensory nervous system. It affects more than 3 million Americans and is leading cause of nerve damage-associated pain worldwide. Currently approved drugs such as gabapentin, pregabalin, and duloxetine provide pain relief only in 1 out of 4 or 5 people with DPN, pointing to a great need to identify effective therapy for these patients. Recent literature suggests that certain methods of assessing sensory nerve function in neuropathic pain patients may provide prediction to individual analgesic response; however, no placebo-controlled studies have been performed with the primary goal of identifying treatment response predictors in DPN. We propose in this study to examine whether sensory testing to determine mechanical pain threshold [MPT] or heat pain threshold [HPT] will predict the subject's response to IV lidocaine analgesic therapy. We hypothesize that people with painful DPN who have high MPT or HPT are more likely to respond to lidocaine treatment. This is a prospective, double blind, placebo-controlled study with the primary objective of determining whether the results from the sensory testing predict the response to systemic lidocaine in patients with painful DPN. Consented subjects will attend a screening visit and two intervention visits, during which they will undergo sensory testing and receive intravenous lidocaine or placebo infusion in a cross-over design. At enrollment, each patient will be assigned a study number, which will match a previously prepared computer-generated list of randomization numbers to determine the sequence of interventions: lidocaine and then placebo, or vice versa. An unblinded research nurse coordinator will be assigned to match the study number with randomized treatment sequence, and this person will prepare the study medications, which will look identical. This research nurse coordinator will not be involved at any stage at patient assessment or data analysis. The participants and all other study personnel will be blinded to the treatment allocation.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Age ≥18; 2. Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus (Fasting Plasma Glucose > 126 mg/dL and/or HbA1C >6.5%); 3. Distal symmetric pain in lower extremities with duration of more than 3 months; 4. Presence of either numbness or at least 1 sensory disturbance (increased or decreased sensitivity) in the feet. 5. Spontaneous pain with intensity of ≥ 4 on 0-10 Numerical Rating Scale (NRS). Exclusion Criteria: 1. Not giving consent to participate in the study; 2. Unable to complete self-report pain questionnaire; 3. History of moderate to severe renal or liver failure; 4. History of other central or peripheral neurologic disorders; 5. History of cardiac arrhythmias; 6. Contraindication to intravenous lidocaine; 7. Pregnancy or lactation.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Simon Haroutounian, PhD
Department of Anesthesiology, WUSTL

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Location Contact:

Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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