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Krongrad Institute Launches Ground Breaking Trial for Chronic Prostatitis


Date: 10/21/2008 11:21:07 AM Central Daylight Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AVENTURA, FLORIDA

Approval of Ground Breaking Clinical Trial for Chronic Prostatitis

Multidisciplinary team headed by the Krongrad Institute launches ground
breaking trial of minimally invasive surgery for Chronic Prostatitis

Chronic prostatitis is associated with a cluster of potentially debilitating
symptoms, including pain and bleeding upon urination and/or ejaculation,
fever, malaise, and weakness. In severe cases, patients have pain from such mundane
acts as sitting.

Chronic prostatitis is not only potentially ruinous at the personal level. It
is also a huge public health problem estimated to cause as many as two
million doctor visits a year in the United States alone.

The Krongrad Institute for Minimally Invasive Prostate Surgery has just
received IRB approval to conduct a prospective, longitudinal, non-randomized,
single-arm Phase II study of patients with a diagnosis of chronic prostatitis
before and after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, a form of minimally invasive
surgery.

"Individual clinical cases have shown that surgery using laparoscopic radical
prostatectomy can eliminate the symptoms associated with chronic prostatitis..
This represents a conceptual revolution for men who otherwise have no
effective treatment option. The study -- the first of its kind -- aims to better
characterize and quantify the effects of minimally invasive surgery on the
symptoms of chronic prostatitis," said the study's principal investigator Arnon
Krongrad, MD.

The study is being led by Arnon Krongrad, MD, who in 1999 pioneered the use
of laparoscopic prostatectomy in the United States; Dr. Krongrad will
personally perform all the surgeries. The team also includes co-investigator and
statistician Shenghan Lai, MD, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Medicine, Pathology,
and Radiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Rajiv Parti, MD, an
anesthesiologist and Director of Advanced Pain Medicine at the Pain Institute of
California; Dr. Parti himself had a 20-year history of chronic prostatitis,
which was effectively treated by laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.

To learn more and to apply for participation please log on to:
http://ProstatitisSurgery.com/ or
http://ClinicalTrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00775515

Media Inquiries: Arnon Krongrad, MD
email: ak@laprp.com
Phone: 305-936-0474

Patient Referrals: Ruth
email: ruth@laprp.com
Phone: 305-936-0474

 

 

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