Cervical Block in Thyroid Surgery

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: May 10, 2007
Last updated: December 17, 2008
Last verified: December 2008

The study investigates the impact on post-operative pain of the superficial cervical block with bupivacaine combined with subcutaneous infiltration of the incisional area in thyroid surgery under general anesthesia. In addition, cost savings using the cervical block are evaluated (due to reduced length of hospital stay).

The study is prospective, randomized, double blind, and placebo-controlled. The study is performed at the Department of Surgery, Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen.

Condition Intervention Phase
Procedure: superficial cervical block
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Impact and Cost Efficiency of Bilateral, Superficial Cervical Block in Thyroid Surgery Under General Anesthesia

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Further study details as provided by Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • post-operative pain measured by visual analogue scale [ Time Frame: 5 days after surgery ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • consumption of post operative analgetics [ Time Frame: 5 days after surgery ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: January 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2008
Primary Completion Date: December 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Elective thyroid or combined thyroid/parathyroid surgery, restricted to the central cervical compartment
  • Informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Intolerance to used medication
  • Recurrent disease
  • Neck dissection, sternotomy
  • Emergency surgery
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00472446

Department of Surgery, Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen
St. Gallen, Switzerland, 9007
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen
Principal Investigator: Thomas Clerici, MD Department of Surgery, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00472446     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EKSG 06/010/1B  2006DR4184 
Study First Received: May 10, 2007
Last Updated: December 17, 2008
Health Authority: Switzerland: Swissmedic

Keywords provided by Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen:
Thyroid gland
cervical block
Pain, Postoperative

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 25, 2016