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J Pain Res


Multicenter, Double-Blinded, Randomized, Active-Sham Controlled Clinical Study Design to Assess the Safety and Effectiveness of a Novel High Frequency Electric Nerve Block System in the Treatment of Post-Amputation Pain (The QUEST Study).


Chronic pain that follows amputation of a limb is reported as "one of the most severe pains in the human experience," due to the magnitude of tissue injury and the multiple potential of pain generators at the local peripheral, spinal, and cortical levels. The Altius® System was developed to deliver high-frequency nerve block (HFNB) therapy via a cuff electrode applied to the peripheral nerve(s) and an implantable pulse generator. We report a novel clinical trial design for the first study of an active-implantable medical device in subjects with lower-limb post-amputation pain utilizing a multicenter, double-blinded, randomized, active-sham controlled clinical study protocol called QUEST, which is an ongoing investigational device exemption study to support United States Food and Drug Administration approval.