AcuTrials

Wrist-Ankle Acupuncture for Pain After Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization in Patients with Liver Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Title

Wrist-Ankle Acupuncture for Pain After Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization in Patients with Liver Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Journal Publication

American Journal of Chinese Medicine

Date

2014

volume

42(2)

pages

289-302

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Carcinoma, Hepatocellular
Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization
Acu Versus Usual Care
Wrist-Ankle Acupuncture Style
Fixed Acupuncture Protocol
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
Usual Care Control, Pharmaceutical

Abstract

This study was designed to evaluate the analgesic effect of wrist-ankle acupuncture (WAA) for patients with primary liver cancer (PLC) after transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE). Sixty PLC patients with post-TACE visual analog pain intensity scores greater than 3 were divided equally into two groups receiving either WAA or oral morphine sulphate (MOR) for post-TACE pain. Pain intensity scores were reassessed at 1, 2, 4, and 6 h after analgesic intervention. Patients were also monitored for adverse reactions to analgesic treatment. Pain scores recorded when the patients first felt pain after TACE showed no statistical difference between the two groups (p > 0.05). WAA and MOR had indistinguishable degrees of pain relief 1, 2, and 4 h after analgesic intervention (p > 0.05). At 6 h after intervention, the WAA group experienced significantly greater pain relief than the MOR group (p < 0.05). Incidence of abdominal distension was lower in the WAA group than in the MOR group (p < 0.05). The results suggest that WAA not only had an analgesic effect equal to or greater than MOR in PLC patients with moderate to severe post-TACE pain, but also reduced the incidence of post-operative abdominal distention.

doi

10.1142/S0192415X14500190

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Time in Treatment

1 Day

has health condition studied

Liver Diseases

has study population number

60

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