Lipografting Versus Steroid Injections for Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • STATUS
    Not Recruiting
  • participants needed
    100
  • sponsor
    Columbia University
Updated on 22 January 2021
corticosteroids
steroid injection

Summary

This study applies the regenerative properties of autologous fat transfer to treat mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome in comparison to the current standard of care, corticosteroid treatment. The investigators hypothesize the fat transfer would prevent scar formation and aid in nerve excursion along the canal (while the neoangiogenic and regenerative growth factors could stimulate nerve regeneration) better than the standard of care treatment.

Description

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common entrapment neuropathy affecting up to 13% of Americans; CTS is caused by compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel leading to nerve ischemia and symptoms of numbness, pain, and tingling. Treatment options depend on the severity of symptoms and range from noninvasive options (most commonly, steroid injections) to definitive surgical release of the compressed median nerve. Both non-invasive techniques and surgical intervention have their shortcomings; thus a novel approach for CTS treatment may be indicated.

Lipografting is an established, validated, and widely used technique of plastic surgeons that injects autologous fat to correct contour deformities. From observing these reconstructions, plastic surgeons have witnessed the regenerative properties of fat transfer, specifically delaying the affects of chronic radio-dermatitis. These clinical manifestations have fostered numerous studies defining fat as a rich source of pluripotent stem cells with the potential for reducing scar formation, bringing neo-angiogenesis, and providing a barrier against scar adhesions This study applies the regenerative properties of autologous fat transfer to treat mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome in comparison to the current standard of care, corticosteroid treatment. Ideally, the fat transfer would prevent scar formation and aid in nerve excursion along the canal, while the neoangiogenic and regenerative growth factors could stimulate nerve regeneration.

Details
Condition Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Treatment steroid injection, Fat Injection
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03722303
SponsorColumbia University
Last Modified on22 January 2021

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