Prophylactic Administration of Vitamin C in Wrist Fractures
|First Received Date ICMJE||February 24, 2006|
|Last Updated Date||February 24, 2006|
|Start Date ICMJE||January 2001|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
|Current Primary Outcome Measures ICMJE
||the existence of CRPS until one year after follow-up|
|Original Primary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Same as current|
|Change History||No Changes Posted|
|Current Secondary Outcome Measures ICMJE
||difference in outcome and dose (dose comparison) after one year of follow-up|
|Original Secondary Outcome Measures ICMJE||Same as current|
|Current Other Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Original Other Outcome Measures ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Brief Title ICMJE||Prophylactic Administration of Vitamin C in Wrist Fractures|
|Official Title ICMJE||Prophylactic Administration of Vitamin C in Wrist Fractures; a Randomized Placebo Controlled Multicentre Dose-Finding Study of the Incidence of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome|
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or posttraumatic dystrophy is a pain syndrome which develops after a trauma, surgery or for unknown reason. The incidence after wrist fractures varies in literature from 2 - 37%. The female sex is involved three times as much as the male sex. There is one study in literature which describes a prophylactic effect of vitamin C after wrist fractures. Goal of this study is to search for a dose dependent effect of vitamin C and to replicate these earlier findings.
The trial was designed as a multicentre, randomized, controlled study. Three hospitals in the Netherlands participated in this study, using the same experimental design.
Adults (18 years or above) with a wrist fracture who were seen in the emergency department of each hospital were asked to participate in this study. Patients were asked to start the trial medication on the day of the fracture. Two capsules had to be taken once daily for 50 days. Patients were allocated randomly to receive either placebo or a dosage of 200, 500 or 1500 mg of vitamin C daily.
The endpoint of the study was defined as the presence of CRPS at any moment, in the period up to one year after the fracture. All participants and physicians were unaware of the treatment allocation.
Patients were seen after 1 week, 4 or 5 weeks (or when the cast was removed), 6 or 7 weeks, 12 weeks, and 26 weeks. After one year patients were interviewed by telephone or received an inquiry letter with a postage-paid envelope for their reply. The normal fracture treatment, either conservative or operative, was not compromised by the protocol, and if necessary patients were seen more often and/or at other times than planned.
Complex regional pain syndrome was diagnosed when four of the following five symptoms were present throughout an area larger than the wrist, including the area distal to the wrist (hand and fingers), and if they occurred or increased after activity: unexplained diffuse pain, which is not in normal relation to the fracture; difference in skin color relative to the other arm; diffuse edema; difference in skin temperature relative to the other arm; limited active range of motion, unrelated to the stage of fracture treatment. If CRPS was diagnosed, the end point of the study was reached and the protocol was terminated to enable treatment for CRPS.
|Study Type ICMJE||Interventional|
|Study Phase||Phase 4|
|Study Design ICMJE||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Intervention ICMJE||Drug: ascorbic acid (vitamin C) versus placebo|
|Study Arm (s)||Not Provided|
|Publications *||Zollinger PE, Tuinebreijer WE, Kreis RW, Breederveld RS. Effect of vitamin C on frequency of reflex sympathetic dystrophy in wrist fractures: a randomised trial. Lancet. 1999 Dec 11;354(9195):2025-8.|
* Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
|Recruitment Status ICMJE||Completed|
|Completion Date||December 2005|
|Primary Completion Date||Not Provided|
|Eligibility Criteria ICMJE||
|Ages||18 Years and older|
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers||No|
|Contacts ICMJE||Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects|
|Location Countries ICMJE||Netherlands|
|NCT Number ICMJE||NCT00296868|
|Other Study ID Numbers ICMJE||SRvB/2001-290/JV|
|Has Data Monitoring Committee||Not Provided|
|Responsible Party||Not Provided|
|Study Sponsor ICMJE||Stichting Achmea Slachtoffer en Samenleving|
|Collaborators ICMJE||Not Provided|
|Information Provided By||Stichting Achmea Slachtoffer en Samenleving|
|Verification Date||December 2005|
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