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Prevention of Post-Extubation Laryngeal Edema With Intravenous Corticosteroids

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 20, 2005
Last Update Posted : September 20, 2005
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University Hospital, Limoges

Brief Summary:
Tracheal intubation is a frequent procedure in intensive care units (ICU). Post-extubation laryngeal edema is a frequent complication with potential morbidity and mortality, and may lead to urgent tracheal re-intubation. Corticosteroids have been proposed to reduce the incidence of post-extubation laryngeal edema. A few clinical studies have been conducted in adult ICU patients and have led to discrepant results. These discrepancies may be related to the time lag separating the administration of the corticosteroids and the planned extubation. Accordingly, we tested the hypothesis that pretreatment with corticosteroids initiated 12 hours before a planned extubation may efficiently prevent the occurrence of postextubation laryngeal edema in critically-ill adults who have been mechanically ventilated for more than 36 hours in the ICU.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Post-Extubation Laryngeal Edema Drug: Methylprednisolone Phase 3

Detailed Description:
We conducted a prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial of 12-hour-pretreatment by methylprednisolone before a planned extubation in adult patients ventilated for more than 36 hours in the ICU. Methylprednisolone (20 mg) or placebo was first administered intravenously 12 hours before extubation and continued every 4 hours until tube removal. Primary endpoint was the occurrence of laryngeal edema within 24 hours of extubation. Laryngeal edema was clinically diagnosed and considered as major when requiring tracheal reintubation.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 670 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Prevention of Post-Extubation Laryngeal Edema With Intravenous Corticosteroids: a Prospective, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial.
Study Start Date : December 2000
Study Completion Date : January 2002

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MedlinePlus related topics: Edema Steroids

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Onset of a laryngeal edema within 24 hours after a planned tracheal extubation

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. - Severity of laryngeal edema (minor or major)
  2. - Time to onset of edema (in minutes) after tracheal extubation
  3. - Need for a tracheal re-intubation

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult ≥ 18 years
  • Intubated for ≥ 36 hours
  • Scheduled extubation
  • Informed written consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnancy
  • history of postextubation laryngeal dyspnea
  • laryngeal disease
  • tracheotomy
  • patient receiving corticotherapy prior to admission
  • traumatic intubation
  • participation to this study or to another trial

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00199576

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Réanimation médicale et chirurgicale - Hôpital d'Angoulême
Angouleme, France
Service de Réanimation - CH de Brive
Brive, France
Service de Réanimation - CH de Chartres
Chartres, France
Service de Réanimation - CH de Chateauroux
Chateauroux, France
Réanimation polyvalente - Hôpital de Cholet
Cholet, France
Service de Réanimation - CH de Dreux
Dreux, France
Service de Réanimation - CH de Le Mans
Le Mans, France
Service de Réanimation Polyvalente - Hôpital Dupuytren
Limoges, France, 87042
Réanimation polyvalente - Hôpital d'Orléans
Orleans, France
Service Réanimation - CH de Poitiers
Poitiers, France
Service de Réanimation - CH Saint Malo
Saint-Malo, France
Service de Réanimation - CH de Saint Nazaire
Saint-Nazaire, France
Service de Réanimation - CH de Saintes
Saintes, France
Réanimation Médicale - Hôpital Bretonneau
Tours, France
Service de Réanimation - CH de Vannes
Vannes, France
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Limoges
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Study Chair: Eric Bellissant, MD, PhD CHU Rennes
Principal Investigator: Bruno Francois, MD CH Limoges
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00199576    
Other Study ID Numbers: AFSSAPS 001533
First Posted: September 20, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 20, 2005
Last Verified: September 2005
Keywords provided by University Hospital, Limoges:
Laryngotracheal injury
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Laryngeal Edema
Signs and Symptoms
Laryngeal Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Methylprednisolone Acetate
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Prednisolone acetate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Neuroprotective Agents
Protective Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents