Anodal and Cathodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Stroke Recovery "tDCS"

Active, not recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

The purpose of this study will to compare the long-term effect of anodal versus cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on motor recovery in subacute stroke patients. Forty patients with subacute ischemic stroke will randomly assigned to one of three groups: Anodal, Cathodal and Sham. Each group will receive tDCS at an intensity of 2mA for 25 minutes daily for 6 consecutive days over the affected (Anodal, Sham) or unaffected (Cathodal) motor cortex. Patients will be assessed with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), the Barthel index (BI) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) muscle strength scale at baseline, after end of the 6th tDCS session, and then 1, 2 and 3 months later. Motor cortical excitability will be measured at baseline and after the 6th session in both hemispheres.

Conditions

Interventions

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Open Label
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Motor power improvement 3 Months No
Secondary Motor cortical excitability 1 Month No

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