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Clotrimazole Enemas for Pouchitis in Children and Adults (CAPTURE)

This study has suspended participant recruitment.
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Paul Rufo, Boston Children's Hospital Identifier:
First received: May 23, 2003
Last updated: July 18, 2017
Last verified: July 2017

Colectomy with creation of an ileal pouch (IPAA) is now the treatment of choice for patients with ulcerative colitis that is resistant to existing medical therapies. The development of inflammation in these ileal reservoirs, a clinical entity referred to as pouchitis, is the most common long-term complication of this procedure and can affect 50-60% of adults and children. We have previously demonstrated that clotrimazole (delivered as a rectal suppository) is generally safe, effective, and displays poor systemic absorption when used in pediatric and adults with active pouchitis. We saw clinical benefit in patients with pouch disease that had previously failed to respond to standard antibiotic, steroid, or immunosuppressive therapies. The clinical trial outlined here will define the effectiveness and safety of topical clotrimazole therapy (delivered as a rectal enema) in pediatric (aged greater than two years) and adult patients with pouchitis.

Subjects in this study will be randomly assigned to receive either placebo (no active drug, 4 subjects) or one of two clotrimazole therapy groups: 2500 mg/day (8 subjects) or 4000mg/day (8 subjects). No washout period is required, and subjects will be allowed to continue their existing anti-inflammatory medications during their participation in the study. Clotrimazole will be delivered nightly in the form of an enema. Subjects will undergo flexible sigmoidoscopy (pouchoscopy) prior to and again after completing one month of study therapy, and pouch disease activity will be graded at after each procedure using the Pouchitis Disease Activity Index (PDAI). Clinical improvement will be defined as a drop in PDAI score. If the drop in PDAI scores between placebo and either active clotrimazole treatment group is not significant, and no subject experiences what are determined to be study-related adverse effects, a second cohort of subjects will be recruited and studied after receiving one month of either placebo (4 subjects), 6000 mg/day clotrimazole (8 subjects), or 7500mg/day clotrimazole (8 subjects).

Subjects will be assessed for adverse effects at the midpoint of the study. Clotrimazole blood levels will be measured during the first and last day of study participation. In addition, adults will complete a health related quality of life assessment at baseline and after completing study drug therapy.

All subjects will be eligible for one month of open-label study drug therapy after completing one month of study drug therapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Ulcerative Colitis Pouchitis Ileitis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Drug: Clotrimazole Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Clotrimazole Enemas for Pouchitis in Children and Adults

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Further study details as provided by Paul Rufo, Boston Children's Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improvement in Pouchitis Disease Activity Index (PDAI) [ Time Frame: 30 Days ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: September 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: 1 Drug: Clotrimazole
One retention enema, administered nightly
Active Comparator: 2
Clotrimazole Therapy
Drug: Clotrimazole
One retention enema, administered nightly
Active Comparator: 3
Clotrimazole Therapy
Drug: Clotrimazole
One retention enema, administered nightly


Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
  • Age greater than 2 years
  • Availability of Parent or Legal Guardian (for those less than 2 years of age).
  • History of ulcerative colitis treated with colectomy and ileal pouch
  • Diagnosis of acute or chronic pouchitis
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00061282

United States, Massachusetts
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Paul Rufo
Principal Investigator: Paul A. Rufo, MD, MMSc Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Paul Rufo, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital Identifier: NCT00061282     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2202
Study First Received: May 23, 2003
Last Updated: July 18, 2017

Keywords provided by Paul Rufo, Boston Children's Hospital:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colitis, Ulcerative
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Ileal Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017