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Cincinnati, Ohio 45219


The objective of this pilot open trial was to assess the efficacy and safety of external trigeminal nerve stimulation (e-TNS) with the Cefaly® device in fibromyalgia.

Study summary:

The main objective of this clinical pilot trial was to evaluate the use of external trigeminal nerve stimulation (e-TNS) with the Cefaly® neurostimulator device as a new therapeutic treatment for fibromyalgia.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Aged from18 to 65 years (on the day of signing the informed consent form). 2. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia according to the 2010 American College of Rheumatology Preliminary Diagnostic Criteria for Fibromyalgia (ACR 2010). 3. Having a minimum pain score of at least 4 on the 0-10 Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire-revised (FIQR) pain scale at screening and baseline. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Women: Pregnant, lactating or <6 months post partum. 2. Episodic or Chronic Migraine according to the diagnostic criteria listed in International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD)-3 beta (2013) section 1, migraine 1, having two or more attacks per month. 3. Change in any medication acting on the central nervous system (CNS) within 28 days before start of the study or during the study. 4. Severe depression i.e. having a Beck Depression Inventory-Fast Screen (BDI-FS) score >12. 5. Botox injection within 4 months before baseline or during the study. 6. Psychiatric disorders that could interfere with study participation: bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders and dementia. 7. Suicidal behavior and/or ideation i.e. having a Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) score ≥ 4 during the preceding 2 years. 8. Patients currently taking any opioid medication. 9. Patients currently taking medically prescribed marijuana. 10. Current or history during the preceding year of alcohol or substance abuse including marijuana. 11. Widespread rheumatic diseases (other than fibromyalgia), evidence of inflammatory rheumatic disease. 12. Any unstable medical condition in the judgment of the investigator that would interfere with study participation or study assessments. 13. Implanted active metal or electrical devices in the head. 14. Cardiac pacemaker or implanted or wearable defibrillator. 15. Intolerance to supraorbital neurostimulation that makes the treatment not applicable (test of nociceptive threshold with specific Cefaly program).



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Lesley Arnold, M.D.
University of Cincinnati

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Location Contact:

Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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