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Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Inflammatory Response in Multisystem Trauma Patients

This study has been terminated.
(Terminated due to slow enrollment and interim analysis showing no difference between treatment arms.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Krishna Athota, University of Cincinnati Identifier:
First received: November 18, 2011
Last updated: February 22, 2013
Last verified: February 2013
This study will evaluate the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on inflammation in trauma patients. The main hypothesis is that such supplementation will reduce the presence of biomarkers of systemic inflammation, as compared to placebo

Condition Intervention Phase
Multiple Trauma
Dietary Supplement: Omega-3
Dietary Supplement: Placebo
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Inflammatory Response in Multisystem Trauma Patients

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Further study details as provided by University of Cincinnati:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Inflammatory markers [ Time Frame: Up to 28 days ]
    Plasma levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and IL-8, as well as C-reactive protein

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Infectious complications [ Time Frame: Up to 28 days ]
    Incidence of infectious disease complications using established diagnostic criteria

  • Intensive Care Unit length of stay [ Time Frame: Up to 28 days ]
    A count of the number of days during which patients are resident in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Enrollment: 12
Study Start Date: June 2011
Study Completion Date: November 2012
Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Omega-3
50 mg/kg per day of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA Omega-3, Martek Biosciences, Columbia, MD)
Dietary Supplement: Omega-3
50 mg/kg per day of omega-3 fatty acids
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
50 mg/kg per day of vehicle
Dietary Supplement: Placebo
50 mg/kg per day of placebo equivalent

Detailed Description:
This prospective, randomized study will evaluate the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on inflammatory response in multi-injured trauma patients. Its primary objective is to compare the intensity of inflammation between an active omega-3 group and a placebo group.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Multi-system blunt trauma patients
  • Ages 18 through 65 years, inclusive
  • Admission to ICU
  • Nasogastric or nasoenteric feeding tube in place
  • Intention of primary medical team to feed the patient enterally

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Expected mortality within 48 hours
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Pregnant or breast feeding
  • Patient, surrogate, or physician not committed to full support
  • Refractory shock
  • Unable to obtain enteral access
  • Presence of partial or complete mechanical bowel obstruction, or ischemia, or infarction
  • Current total parenteral nutrition (TPN) use, or intent to use TPN within 7 days
  • Current gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Requirement for vasopressors
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01477697

United States, Ohio
University Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45219
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Cincinnati
Principal Investigator: Krishna Athota, MD University of Cincinnati
Study Director: Richard Branson, MSc University of Cincinnati
  More Information

Responsible Party: Krishna Athota, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Cincinnati Identifier: NCT01477697     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Athota-2010-01
Study First Received: November 18, 2011
Last Updated: February 22, 2013

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Multiple Trauma processed this record on April 27, 2017