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The Effect of Irrigation Solution Volume on Electrolytes and Acid-Base Balance

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First received: November 22, 2010
Last updated: September 7, 2015
Last verified: September 2015


There are several surgical procedures in which irrigation fluids are used to enable vision and treatment in body cavities, such as hysteroscopy, arthroscopy and cystoscopy. Several solutions are used for irrigation: normal saline, glycin, mannitol, sorbitol and others. Post-operative complications, as visual disturbances, confusion and other neurologic symptoms were attributed to irrigation fluid absorption, water intoxication and hyponatremia, and are refered to as "TURP syndrome" when appearing following transurethral prostatectomy (TURP). Historically, a reduced serum sodium concentration has been used to diagnose absorption of electrolytes-free irrigating fluid during urologic procedures. However, neurologic symptoms following transurethral prostatectomy (TURP) do not correlate with blood sodium level, moreover, Hyponatremia may not be the sole or even the primary cause of the neurological manifestations of TURP syndrome. Other techniques were suggested for evaluating the volume of irrigation solution absorption though none is used routinely in the clinical setting.

Percutaneous Lithotripsy (PCNL) is a procedure used to treat patients with nephrolithiasis. In this procedure irrigation fluid is administered into the kidney and urinary tract collecting system. The solution used is normal saline. In earlier studies there was no evidence for absorption of the irrigation fluids, though medical literature on this issue is limited. However, minute changes in electrolytes and acid-base balance may indicate the opposite is true. Indeed, the volume of irrigation and duration of the procedure may have an effect as well. According to the investigators hypothesis, the change in Ph and reduction in base content in patients undergoing PCNL may be the result of irrigation fluid absorption, since chloride from the normal saline is known to cause such effect.

Methods This is an observational prospective study of consecutive 200 adult patients undergoing elective surgery of PCNL in the investigators operating rooms.

The investigators will collect data that is taken from the patient's file and routine management of these patients: age, gender, weight, pre-operative blood tests including: electrolytes, creatinine, hematocrit, ph, bicarbonate, base, length of the procedure, volume and type of irrigation fluids used, volume and type of intravenous fluids used. Post-operative blood tests will be recorded.

The investigators will compare pre and post-operative blood tests, especially ph, bicarbonate, base content, sodium. The investigators will analyse statistically the correlation between the change of each parameter (delta X) and the volume of irrigation fluids used during the surgery.

Acid Base Imbalance Percutaneous Lithotripsy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Effect of Irrigation Solution Volume on Electrolytes and Acid-Base Balance in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Lithotripsy

Further study details as provided by Rambam Health Care Campus:

Enrollment: 1
Study Start Date: November 2014
Study Completion Date: September 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
This is an observational prospective study of consequtive 200 adult patients undergoing elective surgery of percoutanous lithotripsy in our operating rooms.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult consent patients, undergoing elective percutaneous lithotripsy.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy
  • Pre-operative acid-base imbalance
  • Urgent/emergent surgery.
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Responsible Party: Rambam Health Care Campus Identifier: NCT01246609     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0322-10CTIL
Study First Received: November 22, 2010
Last Updated: September 7, 2015

Keywords provided by Rambam Health Care Campus:
acid base balance
Percutaneous Lithotripsy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Acid-Base Imbalance
Metabolic Diseases processed this record on September 19, 2017