The Effect of Intravenous Nutrition in Patients Undergoing Abdominal Surgery

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 11, 2011
Last Update Posted : August 11, 2011
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McGill University Health Center

Brief Summary:

Loss of muscle protein and mass are the main causes of fatigue after bowel surgery which may result in a longer hospital stay and a higher rate of complications. This problem is especially important for patients after surgery for bowel cancer because cancer itself causes a waste of muscle protein. Anesthesiologists can decrease these negative effects of surgery by choosing the type of pain treatment (analgesia) and by giving nutrition (sugar and protein). Our group recently observed that optimal pain relief with epidural catheters (these are placed in the so called epidural space, which lies between the spine and the skin of the back) in combination with a low calorie protein diet intravenously (through the vein) maintains the body's protein stores after bowel surgery.

The goal of our new research program is to find out whether this protein saving effect depends on how protein depleted the patient is before surgery. In other words we would like to answer the question: do cancer patients who show protein wasting before the operation benefit more from feeding than patients who show no signs of protein wasting? A second goal of this program is to find out if we need to use sugar as part of the diet or whether the infusion of protein alone is sufficient. Just giving protein would make feeding not only easier but also would avoid the increase in the patient's own blood sugar during and after the operation, which typically occurs when sugar is given intravenously during that period.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Postoperative Protein Catabolism Other: Intravenous nutrition with glucose and amino acids Other: Intravenous nutrition with amino acids Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
  1. Goals The overall goal of perioperative nutrition support is to abolish protein wasting and to promote anabolic processes by directing amino acids into protein synthesis rather than oxidation. Protein repletion and enhancement of anabolism appear to be particularly important in cancer patients who enter major abdominal surgery in a catabolic state.
  2. Objectives The objectives of this research program are

    • to examine whether the anabolic effects of hypocaloric nutrition depend on the degree of catabolism before the operation and thus identify patients who benefit the most from perioperative nutrition support (study I)
    • to investigate whether excluding glucose from hypocaloric nutrition, i.e. infusing an isonitrogenous amount of amino acids without glucose avoids hyperglycemia and, thus, accentuates the patient's anabolic response to feeding (study II).

In order to confirm the validity of our assumptions we will perform two consecutive studies in two distinct patient populations. For the assessment of the patients' catabolic state and obtaining insight into the biochemical mechanisms, whereby the effects of nutrition are mediated, stable isotope tracer kinetics will be applied. Using primed continuous infusions of L-[1-13C]leucine and [6,6-2H2]glucose we will quantitate the whole body dynamics of protein and glucose metabolism, i.e. protein breakdown, amino acid oxidation, protein synthesis, glucose production and glucose uptake before and after surgery. A positive protein balance (difference between protein synthesis and protein breakdown) will be used as an indicator of anabolism. Anabolic processes at the organ level (liver, muscle), i.e. fractional synthesis rates of the acute phase proteins albumin and fibrinogen and muscle protein synthesis will be determined using L-[2H5]phenylalanine infusions. Skeletal muscle protein catabolism will be characterized by measuring the mRNA expression of ubiquitin and two of its key ligases in muscle (MAFbx/atrogen-1 and MuRF-1).

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: THE PROTEIN SPARING EFFECT OF PERIOPERATIVE NUTRITION: How Important is the Patient's Catabolic State Before Surgery and do we Need Glucose?
Study Start Date : November 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Glucose and amino acids
Perioperative nutrition with glucose and amino acids
Other: Intravenous nutrition with glucose and amino acids
Glucose and amino acids intravenously starting 20 hours before the operation until the second postoperative day. Glucose provides 50% and amino acids 20% of each patient`s measured resting energy expenditure.

Active Comparator: Amino acids only
Perioperative nutrition with amino acids only
Other: Intravenous nutrition with amino acids
Amino acids intravenously starting 20 hours before the operation until the second postoperative day. Amino acids providing 20% of each patient`s measured resting energy expenditure.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. protein balance [ Time Frame: two days after surgery ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. albumin synthesis [ Time Frame: two days after surgery ]
  2. fibrinogen synthesis [ Time Frame: two days after surgery ]
  3. total plasma protein synthesis [ Time Frame: two days after surgery ]
  4. mRNA expression of ubiquitin [ Time Frame: two days after surgery ]

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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:

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists <3
  • colorectal surgery for non-metastatic colorectal carcinoma including right and left hemicolectomy, transverse, subtotal and total colectomy, sigmoid resection
  • ability to give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • signs of severe malnutrition or obesity: body mass index <18 or >25 >10% involuntary body weight loss over the preceding 6 months serum albumin <21 g/L
  • significant cardiorespiratory, hepatic, renal and neurological disease
  • ingestion of drugs known to affect protein, glucose and lipid metabolism (for example steroids)
  • musculoskeletal or neuromuscular disease
  • severe anemia (hemoglobin <10 g/dL)
  • pregnancy
  • history of severe sciatica or back surgery or other conditions which
  • contraindicate the use of epidural catheters

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01414946

Canada, Quebec
Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1A1
Sponsors and Collaborators
McGill University Health Center
Principal Investigator: Thomas Schricker, MD PhD Department of Anaesthesia, McGill University Health Centre

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Responsible Party: Thomas Schricker, Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Victoria Hospital, MUHC Identifier: NCT01414946     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CIHR-2011
First Posted: August 11, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 11, 2011
Last Verified: August 2011