Columbia, Missouri 65202

  • Anesthesia, Local


This study will compare pre-treatment with ice prior to injection of local anesthetic for vulvar biopsy to no pre-treatment and evaluate pain levels and patient satisfaction with the procedure.

Study summary:

To diagnose skin conditions of the vulva and determine appropriate treatment, a biopsy is often taken as an outpatient procedure. Prior to biopsy, the skin is cleansed and injected with a numbing solution. These injections can be quite painful in this sensitive area. Ice has been used as topical anesthesia in a number of sites, including the cornea, the skin, and particularly in the mouth prior to anesthetic injections. However, there is no evidence for using ice anesthesia prior to injections of the vulvar tissues. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of using ice as pre-treatment prior to the injection of local anesthetic for vulvar biopsy.


Inclusion Criteria: - Female - 18 years of age or older - Undergoing vulva biopsy during clinic visit - Willing and able to comply with study protocol - Able to understand and provide informed consent Exclusion Criteria: - Inability to provide informed consent



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Courtney Barnes, MD
University of Missouri-Columbia

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Columbia, Missouri 65202
United States

Erma Drobnis, PhD
Phone: 573-817-3124

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: August 03, 2021

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