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Zinc as Adjunct to Treatment of Pneumonia (EcuaPAZ)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified January 2009 by Corporacion Ecuatoriana de Biotecnologia.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Boston University
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First received: August 7, 2007
Last updated: January 27, 2009
Last verified: January 2009
The propose of this study is to evaluate if zinc given as an adjunct to standard treatment of severe pneumonia in young children shortens the duration and reduces treatment failure, and if these effects are pathogen-dependant.

Condition Intervention
Dietary Supplement: Zinc sulphate

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Zinc as an Adjunct to Treatment of Pneumonia in Young Children

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Further study details as provided by Corporacion Ecuatoriana de Biotecnologia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time (hours) to resolution of clinical signs of pneumonia [ Time Frame: 31 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Time (hours) to resolution of clinical signs of pneumonia by type of associated pathiogens ( bacterial/viral) [ Time Frame: 31 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 450
Study Start Date: August 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: X: Zinc sulphate Dietary Supplement: Zinc sulphate
Arm X : Zinc sulphate 10 mg will be given orally twice a day since admission to resolution of pneumonia episode in addition to standard antibiotic treatment.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Months to 59 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children from 2 to 59 months of age with severe pneumonia admitted to the Children´s Hospital, whose parents are willing to provide written informed consent will be eligible for participation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children suffering from marasmus or kwashiorkor, measles, pneumonia due to aspiration of a foreign body, hepatic or renal disease, sepsis, congenital abnormalities (cardiac, renal, or genetic), complicated pneumonia (lung abscess, pleural effusion, pneumatocele, atelectasis), or severe anemia (hemoglobin less than 8 g/dL [this cut-off is based on clinical experience with severe anemia at high altitude])
  • Children whose parents refuse to provide written informed consent.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00513929

Contact: Fernando E Sempertegui, MD 593 2 2520638

Baca Ortiz Children´s Hospitals Recruiting
Quito, Ecuador
Principal Investigator: Fernando Sempértegui, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Corporacion Ecuatoriana de Biotecnologia
Boston University
Principal Investigator: Fernando E Sempertegui, MD Corporacion Ecuatoriana de Biotecnologia
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Fernando Sempértegui, MD, Corporación Ecuatoriana de Biotecnología Identifier: NCT00513929     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TH-ZN-01-EC
Study First Received: August 7, 2007
Last Updated: January 27, 2009

Keywords provided by Corporacion Ecuatoriana de Biotecnologia:
Severe Pneumonia
Associated pathogens
Severe Pneumonia by type of associated pathogens
Severe Pneumonia by basal plasma zinc status

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Zinc Sulfate
Trace Elements
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Dermatologic Agents processed this record on April 26, 2017