The Effect of Paravertebral Block Using a Multi-orifice Catheter on Preventing Acute and Chronic Post-thoracotomy Pain

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 25, 2009
Last Update Posted : February 20, 2012
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Seoul National University Hospital

Brief Summary:
This study aims to evaluate the effect of the paravertebral block using a multi-lumen catheter on the incidence and severity of acute and chronic postthoracotomy pain compared to the thoracic epidural block.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Acute Postthoracotomy Pain Chronic Postthoracotomy Pain Hypotension After Bolus Dose Procedure: paravertebral block Procedure: thoracic epidural analgesia Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 90 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : July 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2012

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: PVB
Paravertebral block initiated at the later part of thoracotomy is used for postoperative pain control
Procedure: paravertebral block
postoperative pain is controlled with local analgesics delivered via PVB
Active Comparator: TEA
Thoracic epidural block initiated before the surgical incision is used for postoperative pain control.
Procedure: thoracic epidural analgesia
postoperative pain is controlled with local analgesics and fentanyl delivered via thoracic epidural catheter

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence and severity of acute postthoracotomy pain when moving [ Time Frame: 24 hours after thoracotomy ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence of chronic postthoracotomy pain [ Time Frame: 6 months after thoracotomy ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients receiving surgery through a thoracotomy incision

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients with cardiovascular disease
  • patients with neurologic disease
  • patients with contraindications to paravertebral block or epidural block
  • patients with history of previous thoracotomy incision
  • patients with pain at the expected incision site

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01039870

Korea, Republic of
Seoul National University Hospital
Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 110-744
Sponsors and Collaborators
Seoul National University Hospital

Responsible Party: Young-Tae Kim, Seoul National University Hospital Identifier: NCT01039870     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: YTKim_PVB_Postthor Pain
First Posted: December 25, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 20, 2012
Last Verified: February 2012

Keywords provided by Seoul National University Hospital:
postthoracotomy pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases