Diagnostic Study of Adrenal Cortical Function in Children With Septic Shock

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 5, 2000
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2005
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
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Brief Summary:


I. Examine adrenal cortical function and the incidence of adrenal dysfunction in children with septic shock.

II. Examine the mortality, length of stay in the PICU, and incidence of multiorgan failure in children with adrenal dysfunction and septic shock.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Septic Shock Drug: corticotropin Not Applicable

Detailed Description:


Patients undergo a corticotropin stimulation test within 8 hours of admission to the PICU. Blood samples for plasma cortisol and corticotropin levels are drawn at time 0 followed by corticotropin 1-24 IV. Additional cortisol levels are drawn at 30 and 60 minutes. Corticotropin is measured by immunoradiometric assay and cortisol is measured by radioimmunoassay. Mean arterial blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate are recorded at baseline and at 60 minutes.

Patients receive routine management for septic shock and multiple organ system failure.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 56 participants
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Study Start Date : March 1996

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MedlinePlus related topics: Shock

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Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Month to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


--Disease Characteristics--

Patients admitted to the PICU with septic shock; Hypotension (systolic blood pressure less than 2 standard deviations below age normal) plus 3 or more of the following: temperature greater than 38 or less than 36 degrees Celsius; heart rate greater than 90th percentile for age; respiratory rate greater than 90th percentile for age; WBC greater than 12,000/mm3 or less than 4,000/mm3 or greater than 10% band forms; perfusion abnormalities including lactic acidosis, oliguria, or an acute alteration in mental status

Arterial or central venous catheter in place

--Prior/Concurrent Therapy--

At least one month since prior corticosteroids

--Patient Characteristics--

Renal: No nephrotic syndrome requiring glucocorticoids

Pulmonary: No asthma requiring glucocorticoids

Other: No condition requiring glucocorticoids (e.g., adrenal insufficiency); No uncontrolled diabetes mellitus; No prior adrenal dysfunction (plasma cortisol concentration less than 19 mcg/dL 30 and 60 minutes post corticotropin stimulation); No hypersensitivity to corticotropin

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00005890

United States, Ohio
Children's Hospital Medical Center - Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45229-3039
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
Study Chair: Richard J. Brilli Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Identifier: NCT00005890     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NCRR-M01RR08084-0043
First Posted: June 5, 2000    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2005
Last Verified: December 2003

Keywords provided by National Center for Research Resources (NCRR):
immunologic disorders and infectious disorders
rare disease
septic shock

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Shock, Septic
Pathologic Processes
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs