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Safety and Feasibility of TachoSil®: Application on Esophageal Anastomoses (SAFE-T)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
R. van Hillegersberg, UMC Utrecht Identifier:
First received: April 2, 2014
Last updated: April 23, 2015
Last verified: April 2015

Rationale: The construction of esophageal anastomoses is associated with considerable risk at postoperative anastomotic leakage. Application of TachoSil®, a tissue sealant with human fibrinogen and thrombin, can improve strength of the esophageal anastomosis and potentially prevent anastomotic leakage.

Objective: Evaluation of feasibility and safety of TachoSil® application on esophageal anastomoses.

Study design: Non-randomized, non-blinded, single-center intervention study. Study population: Patients, 18-80 years old, undergoing an elective total gastrectomy with an esophago-jejunostomy or esophagectomy with a planned esophagogastric anastomosis will be enrolled. A total number of 15 patients will be included in the study.

Intervention: Gastric or esophageal resection will be executed according to the common procedures used in the UMC Utrecht. After construction of the esophageal anastomosis, all enrolled participants will receive a TachoSil® patch, which will be applied on the esophageal anastomosis intra-operatively. Hence, TachoSil® is used as an add-on therapy. TachoSil® will be degraded enzymatically in a period of approximately 24 weeks after application.

Main study parameters/endpoints: The primary endpoint is feasibility, which is assessed by evaluation of adherence of the patch. A time-action analysis of the application of the Tachosil patch will be performed.

Nature and extent of the burden associated with participation: The burden for the patient is minimal. The total surgical procedure will be prolonged with 10-15 minutes. Postoperative care and outpatient visits do not differ from regular protocol. TachoSil® is approved and registered for supportive treatment in surgery for improvement of haemostasis and to promote tissue sealing by the European Commission.

Condition Intervention
Esophageal Disease
Gastric Disease
Drug: Tachosil patch

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Safety and Feasibility of TachoSil®: Application on Esophageal Anastomoses

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Further study details as provided by UMC Utrecht:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Feasibility [ Time Frame: Surgical procedure ]
    The adherence of the Tachosil patch

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • all cause mortality [ Time Frame: within the first 30 days (plus or minus 3 days) after surgery ]

Enrollment: 15
Study Start Date: September 2012
Study Completion Date: December 2014
Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Tachosil patch
Tachosil patch (9.5 x 4.8 cm), containing human fibrinogen (5.5 mg/cm2) and human thrombin (2.0 IU/cm2), applied during surgery. Up to 7 patches per participant may be applied.
Drug: Tachosil patch


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients undergoing an elective total gastrectomy with an esophago-jejunostomy or esophagectomy with a planned esophagogastric anastomosis
  • Male and female gender
  • Ages 18-80
  • Signed informed consent
  • For females of childbearing potential:

    • Patient uses a reliable contraceptive method: contraceptive pill, intrauterine device, subdermal implantation, or transdermal patch
    • Patient has a negative serum or urine pregnancy test.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Emergency resections of esophagus of stomach
  • Unsigned informed consent
  • History of hypersensitivity reactions to human fibrinogen, human thrombin, or collagen.
  • Patients having difficulty understanding Dutch and English
  • Mentally incapable patients
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02105506

University Medical Center Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherlands, 3584 CX
Sponsors and Collaborators
R. van Hillegersberg
  More Information

Responsible Party: R. van Hillegersberg, Prof. R. van Hillegersberg, surgeon, UMC Utrecht Identifier: NCT02105506     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NL38212
Study First Received: April 2, 2014
Last Updated: April 23, 2015

Keywords provided by UMC Utrecht:
Esophageal disease requiring surgery
Gastric disease requiring surgery

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Esophageal Diseases
Stomach Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017