Desmopressin in Cardiac Surgery

This study has been completed.
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Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele Identifier:
First received: June 15, 2006
Last updated: October 20, 2015
Last verified: May 2013

Patients undergoing cardiac surgery could develop excessive perioperative bleeding requiring transfusions of blood products.

Desmopressin (DDAVP), already used for patients with von Willebrand syndrome, could reduce bleeding and transfusion requirements in these patients when administered ev (0.3 mg/kg) in 20-30 minutes postoperatively.

Condition Intervention Phase
Blood Loss, Surgical
Postoperative Hemorrhage
Drug: Desmopressin (DDAVP)
Drug: Placebo
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Efficacy of Desmopressin (1-deamin0-8-D-arginine-vasopressin) in Reducing Active Microvascular Bleeding After Cardiac Surgery

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduce transfusions

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduced bleeding
  • Reduce time on mechanical ventilation
  • Reduced ICU and Hospital stay
  • Reduced mortality

Study Start Date: June 2006
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: September 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Desmopressin (DDAVP) Drug: Desmopressin (DDAVP)
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 100 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • undergoing cardiac surgery
  • excessive bleeding

Exclusion Criteria:

  • age<18 y
  • not signing written consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00337766

Istituto Ospedaliero Fondazione Poliambulanza
Brescia, Italy
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italia e Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano, Italia
Milan, Italy, 20132
Istituto Policlinico S.Donato
Milano, Italy
Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Pisana
Pisa, Italy
Sponsors and Collaborators
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Study Director: Giovanni Landoni, MD Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italia e Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano, Italia.
Principal Investigator: Giuseppe Crescenzi, MD Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italia e Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano, Italia.
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00337766     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DS/URC/ER/mm 151/DG
Study First Received: June 15, 2006
Last Updated: October 20, 2015
Health Authority: Italy: Ministry of Health

Keywords provided by Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele:
Blood Loss
Postoperative Blood loss

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Blood Loss, Surgical
Postoperative Hemorrhage
Intraoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
Postoperative Complications
Deamino Arginine Vasopressin
Antidiuretic Agents
Cardiovascular Agents
Hematologic Agents
Natriuretic Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on November 27, 2015