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Applications of meridian electrical conductance for renal colic: a prospective study.
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PMID:  20642363     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Renal colic caused by ureteral stone is commonly encountered in the emergency department (ED). This study was designed to measure meridian electrical conductance of patients with ureteral stone in emergency settings.
DESIGN: A cohort of patients who had ureteral calculus and acute renal colic and who had visited the ED was enrolled in this study. A device, the design of which is based on the Ryodoraku theory, was used to measure the meridian electrical conductance of patients in the ED. Sixty (60) patients (aged 42.0 +/- 12.6 years) who had a primary ED diagnosis of ureteral calculus or renal colic were enrolled. Thirty (30) healthy volunteers (aged 40.8 +/- 11.7 years) were recruited to serve as controls.
RESULTS: Statistical analysis showed that (1) the average electrical conductance of the patient group was statistically lower than that of the control group (p < 0.01), (2) the average index of sympathovagal balance of the patient group was statistically higher than that of the control group (p < 0.01), (3) the average coefficient of variation of the electrical conductance and index of sympathovagal balance in the patient group was statistically different from that in the control group (p < 0.01), and (4) the patients who needed intervention had a higher autonomic nervous imbalance than the patients who had spontaneous stone passage (p < 0.01).
CONCLUSIONS: Measures of electrical conductance, especially the index of sympathovagal balance, may be used as valuable supplementary diagnostic methods for selective intervention in patients with acute renal colic.
Chao-Te Lee; Yung-Hsien Chang; Wei-Yong Lin; Jian-Ming Xu; Huey-Yi Chen; Pei-Lung Chou; Ching-Wan Cheng; Yuh-Lien Chen; Fen-Yen Lin; Fuu-Jen Tsai; Hann-Luen Huang; Kee-Ming Man; Po-Len Liu; Jung-Tung Liu; Wen-Chi Chen; Yung-Hsiang Chen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1557-7708     ISO Abbreviation:  J Altern Complement Med     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-10     Completed Date:  2010-11-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508124     Medline TA:  J Altern Complement Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  861-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Graduate Institute of Integrated Medicine and Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, College of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Case-Control Studies
Cohort Studies
Electric Impedance
Electroacupuncture / methods*
Electrophysiological Processes
Emergency Service, Hospital*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Renal Colic / therapy*
Severity of Illness Index
Treatment Outcome
Young Adult

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