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Efficacy and Safety of rTMS Plus Rehabilitation for the Improvement of the Upper Extremity in Stroke (ERES)

2019-10-17 11:03:43 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The rehabilitation of the upper limb after a stroke is a challenge due to its complexity and the important cerebral representation of it, particularly of the hand. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a tool that can broaden the effect of rehabilitation and thus appears to be observed in different studies performed in patients in chronic phase. However, there are little data on its usefulness before 6 months after the stroke. The variability in the presentation, the fact that it is a phase where the motor deficit of the upper limb coexists with other deficits and medical problems partly explain the lack of specific studies.

The investigators present here a preliminary study on the efficacy of rTMS associated with the rehabilitation program of the paretic upper extremity due to a stroke in comparison with sham rTMS. Patients (with moderate to mild involvement) will be randomly distributed in the two study groups and will be evaluated both clinically and neurophysiologically before and after the sessions to try to demonstrate if there is a positive effect in a safe manner.

Study Design

Conditions

Stroke

Intervention

Real rTMS (Magstim), Sham rTMS

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Institut Guttmann

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-17T11:03:43-0400

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