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The Effect of Chewing Gum on Small Bowel Transit Time

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01241825
First Posted: November 16, 2010
Last Update Posted: September 30, 2014
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of British Columbia
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to see if chewing sugarless chewing gum alters the time it takes for a capsule endoscopy to travel through the stomach and small bowel, and to see if more/less capsule endoscopes reach the large bowel.

Condition Intervention
Bowel Transit Times Other: Trident sugarless chewing gum. Other: One control group (these do not chew gum).

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: The Effect of Chewing Gum on Small Bowel Transit Time: a Prospective Randomized Trial.

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Further study details as provided by University of British Columbia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Small bowel transit time [ Time Frame: 6 hours ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Gastric transit time, cecal completion rate [ Time Frame: 6 hours ]

Enrollment: 122
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: July 2013
Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1.
The subject group will chew sugarless chewing gum for a specific amount of time while undergoing capsule endoscopy.
Other: Trident sugarless chewing gum.
Patients will be randomly divided into 2 groups, one subject group (these chew gum) and one control group (these do not chew gum). The subjects will have to chew Trident sugarless chewing gum for 20-30 minutes every 2 hours, all together 4 times at t=0 h, t=2, t=4 and t=6 h.
Placebo Comparator: 2.
The control group will not chew chewing gum while undergoing capsule endoscopy.
Other: One control group (these do not chew gum).
The control group will not chew chewing gum while undergoing capsule endoscopy

Detailed Description:
The subjects will include patients already referred to us for a capsule endoscopy (CE) in this unit. We have calculated how many patients we need from small bowel transit times from the last 100 patients who had a CE at our centre. We will include 122. These will be randomly divided into two groups. The patients (chew chewing gum) and the controls (do not chew chewing gum).
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All out-patients > 19 years old presenting for capsule endoscopy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients on narcotics
  • Patients on motility enhancing and/or slowing drugs should stop these at least 5 days prior to the procedure or be excluded from the study.
  • Patients, who have proven or suspected obstruction of the bowel.
  • Patients, who have had prior small bowel and/or gastric surgery.
  • Patients with an ileostomy.
  • Patients who have a known and/or have a history of swallowing disorder
  • Patients with diabetes and/or hypo-/hyper- thyroidism
  • Patients in whom the capsule become impacted at a stricture (these patients will be taken out of the study and given the necessary medical/surgical treatment).
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01241825


Locations
Canada, British Columbia
St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6Z 2K5
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of British Columbia
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Robert A. Enns, Dr. University of British Columbia
Study Director: Eric Lam, Dr. University of British Columbia
Study Director: Jennifer Telford, Dr. University of British Columbia
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: University of British Columbia
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01241825     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H10-01726
First Submitted: November 12, 2010
First Posted: November 16, 2010
Last Update Posted: September 30, 2014
Last Verified: September 2014

Keywords provided by University of British Columbia:
capsule endoscopy
chewing gum
small bowel transit time