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Dexamethasone for the Prevention of Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Palsy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
CECILIA Emanuela Marina, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila Identifier:
First received: September 19, 2012
Last updated: September 25, 2012
Last verified: August 2011
Recurrent laryngeal nerve dysfunction and hypoparathyroidism are well-recognized important complications of thyroid surgery. The duration of convalescence, after non complicated thyroid operation, may depend on several factors of which pain and fatigue are the most important. Nausea and vomiting occur mainly on the day of operation. Glucocorticoids are well known for their analgesic, anti-inflammatory, immune modulating and antiemetic effects. The investigators therefore undertook the present study to investigate whether preoperative dexamethasone could improve surgical outcome in patients undergoing thyroid surgery.

Benign Neoplasm of Thyroid Gland Malignant Neoplasm of Thyroid

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Dexamethasone for the Prevention of Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Palsy (and Not Only) After Thyroid Surgery. A Randomized Double-blind Placebo-controlled Trial.

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Further study details as provided by CECILIA Emanuela Marina, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila:

Enrollment: 328
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: March 2012
Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Patients who receive dexamethasone (8 mg; Decadron; Merck Sharp & Dohme) intravenously 90 min before skin incision
Patients who receive saline placebo intravenously 90 min before skin incision


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 75 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
patients undergoing thyroid surgery for benign and malignant thyroidal disease

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients undergoing thyroid surgery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • ASA physical class III or IV
  • age > 75 years
  • pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01690806

ospedale San Salvatore-Reparto di Chirurgia Generale Universitaria
L'Aquila, AQ, Italy, 67100
Sponsors and Collaborators
Università degli Studi dell'Aquila
Principal Investigator: Emanuela M CECILIA, M.D. Università degli Studi dell'Aquila
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: CECILIA Emanuela Marina, M.D., Università degli Studi dell'Aquila Identifier: NCT01690806     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OTO: OTO12-0447R
Study First Received: September 19, 2012
Last Updated: September 25, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vocal Cord Paralysis
Thyroid Diseases
Thyroid Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Laryngeal Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Vagus Nerve Diseases
Cranial Nerve Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Dexamethasone acetate
BB 1101
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal processed this record on September 21, 2017