Effectiveness and Safety of Rhubarb for the Treatment of Patients Who Have Suffered From Cerebral Hemorrhage

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2009 by Fudan University.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : December 30, 2008
Last Update Posted : May 28, 2010
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Fudan University

Brief Summary:
This study will determine if rhubarb will reduced the incidence of pneumonia and improved recovery from an acute cerebral hemorrhage. The study is designed to look at both infection rate and overall recovery and recovery of motor function, for example muscle strength and coordination.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Lung Infection Cerebral Hemorrhage Pneumonia Drug: rhubarb Drug: Placebo Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : January 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: Bleeding Pneumonia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: A Drug: rhubarb
14 days of rhubarb

Placebo Comparator: B Drug: Placebo
14 days of Placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The lung infection rate within 14 days after stroke onset [ Time Frame: 14 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Global disability on modified Rankin scale at 90 days [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
  2. NIH stroke scale [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
  3. Barthel Index [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
  4. Death rate [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
  5. Syndrome score by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) standard [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
  6. Changes in laboratory indexes as safety assessment, including red blood cell(RBC), white blood cell(WBC), platelet(PLT), alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate transaminase(AST), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine(Cr) in blood samples; protein, [ Time Frame: 90 days ]

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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:

  • Occurrence of an acute cerebral hemorrhage (between 9 and 72 h after onset) with a score of at least 6 on the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), and patient age of at least 18 years.
  • Have no pneumonia according to modified criteria of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Consistent with the Constipation of Phlegm-Heat Accumulation type by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) standard
  • Patients or their representatives voluntarily take part in this study and signed the informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cerebral infarction, transient ischemic attack(TIA)
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Proven cerebral embolism caused by tumor, Brain Trauma, cerebral parasitic disease, dysbolismus, fibrillation atrial resulted from rheumatic heart disease, coronary heart disease, and other heart diseases
  • Clinical signs of infection on admission
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Allergic to rhubarb
  • Preceding or ongoing antibiotic therapy within the last 24 h
  • Participation in another interventional trial
  • Immunosuppressant treatment within the last 30 days
  • Combining severe clinical conditions such as liver, kidney, Hematopoietic System, endocrine system or psychological diseases

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00815737

China, Shanghai
Zhongshan hospital of Fudan University
Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 200032
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fudan University

Responsible Party: Zhongshan hospital, Fudan University, TCM department, Zhongshan hospital, Fudan University Identifier: NCT00815737     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: rhubarb cerebral hemorrhage
First Posted: December 30, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 28, 2010
Last Verified: September 2009

Keywords provided by Fudan University:
Lung Infection After Cerebral Hemorrhage
Prevention of Pneumonia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebral Hemorrhage
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Pathologic Processes
Intracranial Hemorrhages
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases