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Evaluation of Chronic Pain After Nerve Section During Thoracotomy

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00653367
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn
First Posted : April 4, 2008
Last Update Posted : February 24, 2012
Information provided by:
Rigshospitalet, Denmark

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to investigate if controlled nerve section reduces chronic pain after thoracotomy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Lung Cancer Procedure: Nerve section

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Post Thoracotomy Pain After Nerve Section
Study Start Date : December 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date : April 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2012

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MedlinePlus related topics: Chronic Pain
U.S. FDA Resources

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: NS
Nerve section of intercostal nerve during surgery
Procedure: Nerve section
Intercostal nerve is divided during surgery
No Intervention: Control

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

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

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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 ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): 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

Responsible Party: MD Kim Wildgaard, Section for Surgical Pathophysiology 4074
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00653367     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RH-EKPF-2008-01
First Posted: April 4, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 24, 2012
Last Verified: August 2011

Keywords provided by Rigshospitalet, Denmark:
Nerve section
Quantitative Sensory Test
Muscle sparing Posterolateral thoracotomy
Tumors or cancer of the lung