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Evaluation of Chronic Pain After Nerve Section During Thoracotomy

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
Information provided by:
Rigshospitalet, Denmark Identifier:
First received: April 1, 2008
Last updated: February 23, 2012
Last verified: August 2011
The purpose of this study is to investigate if controlled nerve section reduces chronic pain after thoracotomy.

Condition Intervention
Lung Cancer Procedure: Nerve section

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Post Thoracotomy Pain After Nerve Section

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Further study details as provided by Rigshospitalet, Denmark:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain (NRS) [ Time Frame: 3 months postoperatively ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • QST parameters (sensory thresholds to cool/Warmth) [ Time Frame: 3 months postoperatively ]
  • Social well-being (HADS / PCS) [ Time Frame: 3 months postoperatively ]
  • Function (pain impairment of Activities of Daily Life) [ Time Frame: 3 months postoperatively ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: December 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: NS
Nerve section of intercostal nerve during surgery
Procedure: Nerve section
Intercostal nerve is divided during surgery
No Intervention: Control


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients included for anterior or lateral thoracotomy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to give consent due to age, cognitive reduction or otherwise
  • Neurological disease or symptoms affection thoracic area
  • Chronic pain prior to surgery
  • Inability to supply the patient with an epidural catheter
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Prolonged infection at surgical site
  • Invasive tumor growth
  • Need for repeated surgery at site
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00653367

Section for Surgical Pathophysiology 4074
Copenhagen, Denmark, 2100
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Principal Investigator: Kim Wildgaard, MD Section for Surgical Pathophysiology 4074
Study Chair: Henrik Kehlet, MD, Phd, Pro Section for Surgical Pathophysiology 4074
  More Information

Responsible Party: MD Kim Wildgaard, Section for Surgical Pathophysiology 4074 Identifier: NCT00653367     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RH-EKPF-2008-01
Study First Received: April 1, 2008
Last Updated: February 23, 2012

Keywords provided by Rigshospitalet, Denmark:
Nerve section
Quantitative Sensory Test
Muscle sparing Posterolateral thoracotomy
Tumors or cancer of the lung processed this record on August 17, 2017