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Can stimulating nerves improve foot pain caused by diabetes?

November 2019
June 2021
Oxford, Middlesborough, Manchester, London
Oxford University
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment with Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation – a Randomised Controlled Trial

Researchers at hospitals in Oxford, Middlesborough, Manchester, and London would like to recruit adults who have severe pain in their feet caused by their diabetes, to take part in a clinical trial. 

The PENTAGONS trial aims to test whether this pain can be improved with an implanted device like a heart pacemaker that stimulates the nerves that carry the pain signals. Participants may have diabetes of any type and must have already tried standard painkilling tablets. 

For more information please contact the chief investigator Prof James FitzGerald at

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