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Anesthesia and Brain Functional Connectivity: An Analysis of fMRI Changes in Chronic Pain and Refractory Depression

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Id: NCT02196259

Organisation Name: University of Michigan

Overal Status: Terminated

Start Date: February 2008

Last Update: May 2, 2017

Lead Sponsor: University of Michigan

Brief Summary: Functional connectivity is defined as a correlation in neural activity between distinct regions of the brain. Several recent studies have demonstrated areas of low-frequency functional connectivity inherent to brain tissue at rest. These oscillations can be measured using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and appear to be synchronized between related areas of the brain.

To date, no investigators have examined the effects of low-dose anesthesia on functional connectivity. This study will image the human brain under conditions of rest, and low-dose anesthetic induced sedation. Quality of the acquired signals will be evaluated and functional networks in the brain will be examined. Of interest is whether administration of a low-dose anesthetic disrupts functional connectivity in the brain, and whether a disruption of functional connectivity is responsible for the reported analgesic and antidepressant effects of a anesthetic.

Participation in the study includes four visits: an in-person interview, an initial fMRI scan, the anesthesia infusion, and a second fMRI scan. There is an optional follow-up fMRI scan one week post infusion.

  • Changes in Brain Network Connectivity

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