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Efficacy of Quetiapine for Pediatric Delirium

This study has been terminated.
(Unable to recruit subjects at our site within the past year.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Weill Medical College of Cornell University Identifier:
First received: February 4, 2014
Last updated: December 27, 2016
Last verified: December 2016
This study is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of quetiapine as treatment for pediatric delirium.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: quetiapine
Other: Placebo
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Efficacy of Quetiapine for Pediatric Delirium

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Further study details as provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to first resolution of delirium [ Time Frame: Within the first 10 days after study enrollment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Total ICU days with delirium [ Time Frame: Within 30 days after study enrollment ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Change in delirium severity [ Time Frame: within 10 days of study enrollment ]

Enrollment: 7
Study Start Date: March 2015
Study Completion Date: December 2016
Primary Completion Date: December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Quetiapine
A randomized group will receive quetiapine as treatment for delirium.
Drug: quetiapine
Patients who are diagnosed with delirium and assigned to the intervention arm will receive quetiapine.
Other Name: Seroquil
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
A randomized group will receive placebo, and not quetiapine.
Other: Placebo
Patients who are diagnosed with delirium and assigned to the placebo arm will receive placebo.

Detailed Description:

Many children in the ICU become confused, due to their underlying illness or treatment effects. The medical term for this confusion is delirium. In adults, a medication called quetiapine has been effective in treating delirium. This is considered an "off label" use as the FDA has not approved quetiapine for this indication.

Pediatricians have been using quetiapine to treat delirium in children as well, but there is currently no data proving that it is effective in children. This study is being done to determine if quetiapine is effective for the treatment of ICU delirium in children.


Ages Eligible for Study:   1 Year to 22 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

- Any patient in the PICU aged 1 year to 21 years old who is diagnosed with delirium

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age <1
  • Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale (RASS) score of -4 or -5 (deeply sedated or unarousable).
  • current treatment for alcohol withdrawal
  • hepatic encephalopathy
  • pregnancy
  • diagnosis of major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder
  • diagnosis of movement disorder
  • diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis
  • baseline QTc >500 milliseconds
  • non-English speaking subjects and/or parent/guardian
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02056171

United States, New York
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New York, United States, 10032
NY Prebyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Principal Investigator: Chani Traube, MD Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Weill Medical College of Cornell University Identifier: NCT02056171     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1309014323
Study First Received: February 4, 2014
Last Updated: December 27, 2016
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

Keywords provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:
critical care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
Quetiapine Fumarate
Antipsychotic Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Psychotropic Drugs processed this record on May 22, 2017