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Effect of Perioperative i.v. Low-dose S(+) Ketamine

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Asker & Baerum Hospital Identifier:
First received: July 18, 2006
Last updated: July 19, 2011
Last verified: July 2011

The purpose of this study is to determine whether the use of perioperative intravenous S (+) ketamine reduces the amount and degree of postoperative pain.

Furthermore the purpose of this study is to determine whether the use of perioperative intravenous S (+) ketamine effects cognitive function in the early postoperative period.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: S (+) Ketamine
Drug: Placebo
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Perioperative i.v. Low-dose S(+) Ketamine in Patients Undergoing Hemorrhoidectomy

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • NRS Pain = Numeric Rating Scale (0-10) [ Time Frame: 24 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The numeric rating scale (NRS) is used to measure the intensity of pain. The value 0 means no pain and the value 10 represents maximal pain. a higher intensity of pain is associated with a worse outcome.

Enrollment: 83
Study Start Date: August 2006
Study Completion Date: May 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Saline 0,9%
Drug: Placebo
isotonic saline
Active Comparator: S (+) Ketamine Drug: S (+) Ketamine
0,35 mg/kg bolus after induction of anaesthesia; 5 ug/kg/min. continuous until the end of surgery

Detailed Description:

The mechanism of development of postoperative pain is complex. Central and peripheral sensitization are playing an important role and this can lead to postoperative hypersensitization. Several studies have shown, that S (+) ketamine can be effective to reduce sensitization and postoperative pain. Ketamine (2-O-chlorophenyl-2-methylamino cyclohexanone) is a N-Methyl-D-Aspartat (NMDA) receptor antagonist. S (+) ketamine has a four times stronger affinity to the NMDA receptor compared to R (-) ketamine. The duration of action for S (+) ketamine is shorter than R (-) ketamine and it has fewer side-effects.

The purpose of this study is to compare the analgetic effect of pregabalin and placebo used in the perioperative period.

The hypothesis is that perioperative intravenous S (+) ketamine gives significant better analgesia than placebo without effecting cognitive function.

The study is including patients undergoing hemorrhoidectomy.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of disc prolapse
  • Age 18+
  • ASA (American Society in Anesthesiology) I-II
  • written consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age < 18
  • ASA > II
  • liver failure
  • renal failure
  • heart failure
  • glaucoma
  • pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00354029

Asker and Baerum Hospital
Rud, Norway, N-1309
Sponsors and Collaborators
Asker & Baerum Hospital
Principal Investigator: Ulrich J Spreng, Dr. med, Asker and Baerum Hospital, Norway
Study Director: Vegard Dahl, Dr. med. Asker and Baerum Hospital, Norway
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ulrich Johannes Spreng, Asker and Baerum Hospital Identifier: NCT00354029     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006-001082-41
Study First Received: July 18, 2006
Results First Received: May 24, 2011
Last Updated: July 19, 2011
Health Authority: Norway: Norwegian Medicines Agency

Keywords provided by Asker & Baerum Hospital:
S (+) ketamine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Anesthetics, Dissociative
Anesthetics, General
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Central Nervous System Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Excitatory Amino Acid Agents
Excitatory Amino Acid Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
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