Steroid Before Thyroidectomy

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 20, 2008
Last Update Posted : June 9, 2008
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University of Bern

Brief Summary:
We evaluated the effects of giving a single dose of steroid before thyroid surgery in a single institutional, double-blinded, randomized controlled trial. Postoperative nausea, pain, and vocal function were significantly improved after steroid administration compared to controls.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Thyroid Surgery for Benign Disease Drug: Dexamethason Helvepharm ® Drug: Placebo Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 72 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Official Title: Does a Single Dose of Steroid Before Thyroidectomy Improve Postoperative Nausea, Pain and Vocal Function?
Study Start Date : November 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2007

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: A, 1
Placebo 45 minutes prior to surgery
Drug: Placebo
100 ml sodium chloride i.v. 45 minutes prior to surgery

Active Comparator: A, 2
8 mg Dexamethasone 45 minutes prior to surgery
Drug: Dexamethason Helvepharm ®
8 mg Dexamethason i.v. 45 minutes prior to surgery

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Nausea [ Time Frame: 0-72 hours postoperative ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain, vocal function [ Time Frame: 0-72 hours postoperative ]

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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:

  • Patients undergoing thyroid surgery for benign disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Depression
  • Chronic pain disorder
  • Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
  • History of PONV
  • Pregnancy
  • Age < 18 years
  • Received antiemetic therapy within 48 hours

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00619086

Department of visceral- and transplant surgery
Bern, Switzerland, 3010
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Bern
Principal Investigator: Stephan A. Vorburger, MD Dept of visceral- and transplant surgery, University Hospital Bern

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Candinas Daniel, MD, Department of Visceral- and Transplantation Surgery Identifier: NCT00619086     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KEK_49_05
First Posted: February 20, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 9, 2008
Last Verified: June 2008

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