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Medical Polypectomy and Predictors of Response

This study has been completed.
Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government
NHS Tayside
Information provided by:
University of Dundee Identifier:
First received: November 7, 2008
Last updated: November 10, 2008
Last verified: November 2008
This is the first randomized parallel group clinical trial looking at oral prednisolone induced medical nasal polypectomy followed by maintenance on topical steroid therapy in patients with nasal polyposis. This study also looks at the effect of aspirin sensitivity and the factors linking nasal polyps with asthma. We have also taken baseline measurements of a variety of blood, surface and biopsy markers to assess for potential to predict steroid response. Finally, the still unchartered link between nasal polyps and asthma will be explored by measuring Staphylococcal superantigens in serum before and after treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Nasal Polyps
Drug: Prednisolone
Drug: Placebo
Other: fluticasone nasal drops
Other: fluticasone nasal spray
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Proof Of Concept Study to Investigate the Clinical, Histological And Molecular Predictors of Response to Oral and Intranasal Corticosteroid in Nasal Polyposis

Further study details as provided by University of Dundee:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Endoscopy Polyp Grading [ Time Frame: 0, 2 weeks, 10 weeks, 28 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Mini RQLQ [ Time Frame: 0, 2 wks, 10 wks, 28 wks ]
  • TNS-4 [ Time Frame: 0, 2 wks, 10 wks, 28 wks ]
  • PNIF [ Time Frame: 0,2 wks, 10 wks,28 wks ]
  • Anosmia score [ Time Frame: 0, 2 wks, 10 wks, 28 wks ]
  • Scratch n Sniff cards [ Time Frame: 0, 2 wks, 10 wks, 28 wks ]
  • OUCC [ Time Frame: 0, 2 wks, 10 wks, 28 wks ]
  • 1 mcg Synacthen test [ Time Frame: 0, 2 wks, 10 wks, 28 wks ]

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: May 2004
Study Completion Date: November 2008
Primary Completion Date: February 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo tablets for 2 weeks followed by fluticasone nasal drops 800mcg/d for 2 months followed by fluticasone nasal spray 400 mcg/d for 4 months
Drug: Placebo
tablets once daily
Other: fluticasone nasal drops
fluticasone nasal drops 800mcg/d
Other: fluticasone nasal spray
fluticasone nasal spray 400 mcg/d
Experimental: Prednisolone
25 mg Prednisolone OD for 2 weeks followed by Fluticasone nasal drops 800 mcg/d for 2 months, followed by fluticasone nasal spray 400mcg/day for 4 months
Drug: Prednisolone
tablets 25 mg/day
Other: fluticasone nasal drops
fluticasone nasal drops 800mcg/d
Other: fluticasone nasal spray
fluticasone nasal spray 400 mcg/d


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • male or female
  • 18-75 years of age
  • bilateral nasal polyposis Grade 2 and above
  • with or without asthma
  • with or without atopy or aspirin sensitivity
  • written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • unilateral nasal polyposis
  • polypoid lesion suspicious of inverted papilloma, malignancy, Wegeners granulomatosis, sarcoidosis
  • known or suspected hypersensitivity to fluticasone propionate or any other constituents of the Investigational Medicinal product (IMP).
  • Any clinically significant medical condition or abnormality, which, in the opinion of the investigator, might compromise the safety of the subject or which might interfere with the study.
  • significant (≥50%)septal deviation
  • inability to comply with the requirements of the protocol
  • females who are pregnant, lactating or planning to become pregnant.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00788749

United Kingdom
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
Dundee, Angus, United Kingdom, DD1 9SY
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Dundee
Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government
NHS Tayside
Principal Investigator: Sriram Vaidyanathan, MRCS University of Dundee
Study Director: Brian J Lipworth, MD University of Dundee
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Sriram Vaidyanathan, University of Dundee Identifier: NCT00788749     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GRAY07
Study First Received: November 7, 2008
Last Updated: November 10, 2008

Keywords provided by University of Dundee:
chronic rhinosinusitis
nasal polyps
oral steroid
intranasal steroid
medical polypectomy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nasal Polyps
Nose Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Prednisolone acetate
Methylprednisolone acetate
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Bronchodilator Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Respiratory System Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Anti-Allergic Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents processed this record on May 25, 2017