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Levosimendan in Congenital Cardiac Surgery

This study has been completed.
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Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc- Université Catholique de Louvain Identifier:
First received: June 10, 2008
Last updated: January 25, 2010
Last verified: January 2010

Many pediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery under cardiopulmonary bypass for repair of complex congenital malformations, require inotropic support for low cardiac output syndrome. Milrinone through its positive inotropic and vasodilatory effects is widely used for this purpose. The aim of the study is to compare Milrinone with Levosimendan, a novel inotope with calcium-sensitizing properties. We hypothesized that using Levosimendan would result in reduced serum lactate through a higher cardiac index.

Condition Intervention
Congenital Cardiovascular Defects
Low Cardiac Output Syndrome
Drug: Levosimendan
Drug: Milrinone

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • serum lactate [ Time Frame: 12 h postoperatively ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: October 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: Levosimendan
    Intravenous injection
    Drug: Milrinone
    Intravenous injection

Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 5 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pediatric patients undergoing complex cardiac surgery under cardiopulmonary bypass and requiring inotropic support

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with renal and/or hepatic dysfunction
  • Patients requiring inotropic support before their surgery
  • Septic patients
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00695929

Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc
Brussels, Belgium, 1200
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc- Université Catholique de Louvain
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