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Lumbar Plexus Catheter Versus Femoral Nerve Catheter for Postoperative Pain After Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Repair

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2010 by Seattle Children's Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Seattle Children's Hospital Identifier:
First received: February 11, 2010
Last updated: August 24, 2010
Last verified: August 2010
Randomized trial comparing lumbar plexus catheter versus femoral nerve catheter (single-shot femoral block as control group) for postoperative pain control after anterior cruciate ligament repair in children (age 11-21). Primary outcome is pain scores for the first 72 hours. Secondary outcomes include opioid consumption, incidence of opioid side effects and quality of recovery (previously validated scale). Our hypothesis is that lumbar plexus catheter will provide superior pain control and overall quality of recovery compared to femoral nerve catheters.

Condition Intervention
Postoperative Pain
Procedure: lumbar plexus catheter
Procedure: femoral nerve catheter
Procedure: single-shot femoral block

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Lumbar Plexus Catheter Versus Femoral Nerve Catheter Versus Single-shot Femoral Block for Postoperative Pain Control After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Further study details as provided by Seattle Children's Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Postoperative pain scores [ Time Frame: 72 hours ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of recovery [ Time Frame: 72 hours ]
  • Opioid consumption [ Time Frame: 72 hours ]
  • Opioid side effects [ Time Frame: 72 hours ]

Estimated Enrollment: 114
Study Start Date: April 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Lumbar plexus catheter Procedure: lumbar plexus catheter
lumbar plexus catheter with 0.2% ropivacaine at 0.15 ml/kg/hr (max 10 ml/hr)
Other Name: psoas compartment catheter
Active Comparator: femoral nerve catheter Procedure: femoral nerve catheter
femoral nerve catheter with 0.2% ropivacaine at 0.15 ml/kg/hr (max 10 ml/hr)
Active Comparator: single-shot femoral block Procedure: single-shot femoral block
single-shot femoral block with 0.2% ropivacaine 0.3 ml/kg (max 20 ml)


Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 21 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ASA physical status 1-2
  • Age 11-21
  • Undergoing anterior cruciate ligament repair

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient refusal
  • Coagulopathy
  • Systemic infection or infection at needle insertion site
  • Allergy to ropivacaine or opioids
  • Taking chronic opioids
  • Unavailable by phone
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01068275

Contact: Michelle Sadler-Greever, RN 206-987-1937
Contact: Felicia M. Birch, MD 520-982-0665

United States, Washington
Seattle Children's Hospital Recruiting
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98105
Contact: Michelle Sadler-Greever, RN    206-987-1937      
Contact: Felicia M. Birch, MD    206-987-3996      
Sub-Investigator: Benjamin Walker, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Sean Flack, MBChB         
Sub-Investigator: Adrian Bosenberg, MBChB         
Sub-Investigator: Gregory Schmale, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Martha Pankovich, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Carmen Bernardo-Ocampo, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Michelle Sadler-Greever, RN         
Principal Investigator: Felicia Birch, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Seattle Children's Hospital
Principal Investigator: Felicia M Birch, MD Seattle Children's Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Felicia Birch, M.D., Seattle Children's Hospital Identifier: NCT01068275     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SCHAnes1
Study First Received: February 11, 2010
Last Updated: August 24, 2010

Keywords provided by Seattle Children's Hospital:
anterior cruciate ligament
pain, postoperative
peripheral nerve catheter
nerve block
Children undergoing anterior cruciate ligament repair

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on May 25, 2017