Nausea and Pain Prophylaxis During Thyroid Surgery

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 10, 2007
Last Update Posted : January 15, 2009
Information provided by:
Sykehuset Telemark

December 7, 2007
December 10, 2007
January 15, 2009
September 2007
December 2008   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Pain (VAS) and use of opioids. Nausea. [ Time Frame: 30 days ]
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Nausea [ Time Frame: 30 days ]
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Nausea and Pain Prophylaxis During Thyroid Surgery
Nausea and Pain Prophylaxis During Thyroid Surgery, a Comparison of Low-Dose and High-Dose Dexamethasone to Placebo

Postoperative pain and nausea may diminish a patient`s wellbeing, and may also delay rehabilitation, as well as increase the total cost of care and treatment. Opioids are effective drugs for treatment of pain, but with the disadvantage of side effects such as somnolence and nausea. The benefits of various types of non-opioid analgesic in reducing patients` postoperative need for opioids have been well-documented.

One non-opioid prophylaxis documented for various surgery is short-term treatment with corticosteroids. The optimal dose of corticosteroids for peroperative nausea and pain prophylaxis is not well-documented. In our study we will attempt to determine whether the aforementioned benefits of corticosteroids are valid for a group of patients undergoing thyroid surgery.

Hypothesis: Single-dose treatment with dexamethasone provides a better analgesic effect and/or reduced use of opioids than placebo in patients undergoing elective throid surgery. Higher dose of dexamethasone provide better and/or longer-lasting analgesic effects without influencing the side effect profile.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Thyroid Diseases
  • Parathyroid Diseases
  • Drug: dexamethasone
    IV dexamethasone 0,15 mg/kg bodyweight. Single-dose bolus injection after start of anesthesia. Medication is opened and administrated to the patient from a coded ampoule by the physician. The medication is diluted in such a way that 1 mL is equivalent to 10 kg body weight (1,5 mg/mL).
    Other Name: Fortecortin
  • Drug: natriumchloride 0,9%
    iv natriumchloride 0,9% (placebo). 1 mL is equivalent to 10 kg body weight.
  • Drug: dexamethasone
    IV dexamethasone 0,30 mg/kg body weight. Drug diluted to 3,0 mg/mL and administrated in same way as arm 2.
    Other Name: fortecortin
  • Placebo Comparator: 1
    Intervention: Drug: natriumchloride 0,9%
  • Active Comparator: 2
    dexamethasone "low-dose"
    Intervention: Drug: dexamethasone
  • Active Comparator: 3
    Dexamethasone "high-dose"
    Intervention: Drug: dexamethasone
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Same as current
December 2008
December 2008   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Inpatients scheduled for elective thyroid surgery and parathyroid surgery under general anesthesia.
  • Informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who use steroids
  • Patients who use antiemetics
  • Patients who use opioid analgesics
  • Body weight > 100 kg
  • BMI > 35
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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Simen Doksrød/Acting chief physician, Sykehuset Telemark
Sykehuset Telemark
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Study Director: Johan Raeder, Prof. M.D Ullevål university hospital, Oslo university
Sykehuset Telemark
January 2009

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