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Intra-abdominal at Cesarean Section: A Randomized Controlled Trial

This study has been completed.
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Virginia Commonwealth University Identifier:
First received: November 22, 2011
Last updated: NA
Last verified: November 2011
History: No changes posted

The purpose of this study is to determine if intra-abdominal irrigation at the time of cesarean delivery increased maternal GI discomfort without affecting infection rates.

We hypothesized that avoiding intra-operative irrigation at the time of cesarean delivery will decrease intra-operative nausea and vomiting without increasing maternal infectious morbidity, post-operative pain, return of bowel function, or time to discharge.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: Normal Saline Irrigation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Intra-abdominal at Cesarean Section: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Virginia Commonwealth University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Intra-operative nausea [ Time Frame: intra-operative ]
    Any nausea reported by the patient during the cesarean section

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Post operative GI disturbance [ Time Frame: 2-3 days post operatively ]
    Any nausea or vomiting reported or observed during the patient's postoperative period

  • Infection [ Time Frame: 2-3 days post operatively ]
    Any documented infection during the patient's postoperative stay

Enrollment: 263
Study Start Date: April 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Irrigation
This is the arm that will receive irrigation.
Procedure: Normal Saline Irrigation
Irrigation with warm normal saline into the abdominal cavity. Approximately 500-1000cc.
No Intervention: No Irrigation
This is the arm that will not receive irrigation.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • pregnant women
  • 18 years of age or older
  • presenting to MCV Hospital
  • undergoing obstetrically indicated cesarean section
  • english speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01479712

United States, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital System
Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23298
Sponsors and Collaborators
Virginia Commonwealth University
Principal Investigator: Christine Isaacs, MD VCU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Virginia Commonwealth University Identifier: NCT01479712     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HM11572
Study First Received: November 22, 2011
Last Updated: November 22, 2011

Keywords provided by Virginia Commonwealth University:
Cesarean Section

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on May 25, 2017