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Effect of Methylprednisolone on Glucose Homeostasis in Patients Undergoing Total Hip- and Knee-arthroplasty

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02332603
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 7, 2015
Last Update Posted : January 18, 2017
Bispebjerg Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Viktoria Oline Lindberg-Larsen, Rigshospitalet, Denmark

Brief Summary:

This study evaluates the pathophysiological effects of a single dose of Methylprednisolone administered prior to total hip- and knee-arthroplasty surgery. The investigators examine the effect on blood glucose homeostasis.

Half of participants will receive intravenous Solu-Medrol 125 mg, while the other half will receive placebo.

The investigators hypothesize that the glucose homeostasis remains equally stable in the group receiving Methylprednisolone as in the group receiving placebo.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Osteoarthrosis Drug: Methylprednisolone Drug: Isotonic Sodium Chloride Phase 3

Detailed Description:

The anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids are well known. The beneficial effects on postoperative pain, postoperative nausea and vomiting are well-documented.

Glucocorticoid might change the glucose metabolism as it induces insulin-resistance. Glucocorticoids are known to reduce the insulin-mediated glucose uptake by reducing the muscle glycogen synthase activity.

The effect of a single high dose of glucocorticoid is poorly described in the literature, and therefore calls for further investigation.

This study is embedded in a primary study registrated as: NCT02319343

For further details please view the EudraCT registration:

EudraCT nr.: 2014-003395-23

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 134 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: Effect of Preoperative Intravenous High Dose Methylprednisolone on Glucose Homeostasis in Patients Scheduled for Total Hip- and Knee-arthroplasty
Study Start Date : January 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2017

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Methylprednisolone
Preoperative single high dose of Solu-Medrol 125 mg iv.
Drug: Methylprednisolone
Comparison of preoperative single high dose of Methylprednisolone 125 mg iv. and isotonic Sodium Chloride
Other Name: Solu-Medrol

Placebo Comparator: Isotonic Sodium Chloride
Preoperative single dose of isotonic Sodium Chloride
Drug: Isotonic Sodium Chloride

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Changes in plasma blood glucose from baseline (before surgery) to 48 hours after surgery [ Time Frame: baseline to 48 hours ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Changes in plasma C-peptide from baseline (before surgery) to 48 hours after surgery [ Time Frame: baseline to 48 hours ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Osteoarthrosis
  • Undergoing total unilateral hip- or knee arthroplasty surgery
  • Speak and understand Danish
  • Have given informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Revision or bilateral hip- or knee-arthroplasty surgery
  • General anaesthesia
  • Allergy or intolerance towards Methylprednisolone
  • Local or systemic infection
  • Permanent systemic treatment with steroids within 30 days preoperatively
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Active treatment of ulcer within 3 months preoperatively
  • Cancer disease
  • Autoimmune disease incl. rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnant or breast feeding women
  • Menopause <1 year

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02332603

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Bispebjerg Hospital
Copenhagen NV, Denmark, 2400
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Bispebjerg Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Viktoria Lindberg-Larsen, MD Section for Surgical Pathophysiology, Rigshospitalet


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Responsible Party: Viktoria Oline Lindberg-Larsen, MD, research assistant, Rigshospitalet, Denmark Identifier: NCT02332603     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HK_VL_08_2014c
First Posted: January 7, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 18, 2017
Last Verified: January 2017

Keywords provided by Viktoria Oline Lindberg-Larsen, Rigshospitalet, Denmark:
Glucose homeostasis
Knee arthroplasty, total
Hip arthroplasty, total

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Methylprednisolone Acetate
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Prednisolone acetate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Neuroprotective Agents
Protective Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents