Muscle Recovery Following Aortic Surgery Induced ICUAW. (VARIANCE)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03714399|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 22, 2018
Last Update Posted : October 4, 2022
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|Condition or disease|
|Aortic Diseases Intensive Care Unit Syndrome Intensive Care Neuropathy Intensive Care (ICU) Myopathy Critical Illness Myopathy Surgery|
The aim is to identify determinants of recovery from intensive care unit-acquired weakness (ICUAW) and to discover the effects of ICUAW on physical function and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) after critical illness. This phenomenon has become more evident over recent years and still requires extensive research.
ICUAW is an umbrella term for more specifically, polyneuropathy and myopathy. Recent research has found that 50% of patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery lose significant muscle mass (9.6% in the wasters group) within the first seven days. These patients are receiving relatively uncomplicated surgery yet still suffering from muscle breakdown, which cannot be described by inactivity alone. ICUAW can lead to a significant increase in mortality, morbidity, hospital-acquired infections and pressure ulcers. Risk factors for ICUAW include neuromuscular blocking agents, hyperglycaemia, inactivity and sepsis. The correlation between a relatively homogenous (cardiac surgical) group and patient-centred outcomes during recovery such as functional ability and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has been little studied.
Patients undergoing elective aortic valvular surgery at St Bartholomew's Hospital London will be recruited for the study. We have chosen the cardiac surgical model due to being a homogenous cohort where the time of insult from surgery from the cardiac bypass, can be measured in correlation with ICUAW. Due to the clamped aorta within the operation, prolonged periods of reduced blood flow to the body occurs, and therefore an element of ischaemia and reperfusion can lead to muscle wasting. Rectus Femoris cross-sectional area (RFcsa) will be measured at pre-determined intervals and the images then greyscaled and muscle quality assessed. To assess and quantify 'good and bad recovery,' we will correlate these tests with functional capacity and HRQoL. Additionally, Blood and urine samples will be taken at pre-defined intervals to observe for markers of oxidative stress, organ injury and molecular profiles. Muscle biopsies will be taken during surgery and observed for histological and fibre profiles.
The primary objective is to identify determinants of recovery from ICUAW and to discover the effects of ICUAW on physical function and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) after aortic valvular surgery. Specifically, to observe the cross-sectional area of the Rectus Femoris (RFcsa) and correlate this with muscle strength and HRQoL during the recovery phase. The RFcsa, hand-held dynamometry, knee straightening dynamometry, Free Fat Mass Index, standing and lying vital capacity and the short physical performance battery (SPPB) will be observed. Also, HRQoL will be measured using the reintegration to normal living index (RNLI), hospital and anxiety depression score (HADS), EQ-5D-5L (EuroQol research foundation). The primary endpoint will be once all these data are gathered and analysed.
The secondary aim is to understand the molecular and genomic profile of blood samples and the histology of the muscle biopsies. The secondary objective will be supported with additional data from urine analysis (Albumin-creatinine ratio, ACR). The secondary endpoint will be once these data are gathered and analysed.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Actual Enrollment :||31 participants|
|Official Title:||A Prospective Observational Study Into Muscle Recovery Following Aortic Surgery Induced Intensive Care Unit-acquired Weakness (VARIANCE).|
|Actual Study Start Date :||February 19, 2019|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||June 22, 2022|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||September 26, 2022|
The physical and psychological effects of ICUAW on patients undergoing aortic valvular surgery will be observed. Physical function and HRQoL will be analysed and correlated with RFcsa. Additionally, biological markers will be used to understand molecular and genomic profiles.
- To observe the change in cross sectional area of the Rectus Femoris (RFcsa) during critical illness and recovery. [ Time Frame: Pre-operatively, day 7/Hospital Discharge and 6-15week follow up clinic. ]RFcsa will be calculated using B-mode ultrasound (US) at pre-determined time points. Additionally, the images acquired will have histogram analysis in adobe photoshop software. The RFcsa will be correlated with indices of muscle strength and HRQoL.
- To Observe a change in Hand Held Dynamometry strength (grip strength) and correlate this with RFcsa, function and HRQoL during critical illness and recovery. [ Time Frame: Pre-operatively, Day 7/Hospital Discharge and 6-15 week follow up clinic. ]Hand-held dynamometry will be calculated using the JAMAR hand-held hydraulic dynamometer. We will assess both hands and take the mean of 3 trials, producing a maximal grip result.
- To observe a change in Knee straightening dynamometry, strength and joint moment (torque) and correlate this with RFcsa, function and HRQoL during critical illness and recovery. [ Time Frame: Pre-operatively, Day 7/Hospital Discharge and 6-15 week follow up clinic. ]The test will be conducted using a Lafayette Manual Muscle Tester. Joint knee moment (torque) and strength will be measured.
- To observe a change in Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) and correlate this with RFcsa, function and HRQoL during critical illness and recovery. [ Time Frame: Pre-operatively, Day 7/Hospital Discharge and 6-15 week follow up clinic. ]SPPB will be measured at similar time points to understand a patients' functional status.
- Lying and Standing Vital Capacity (FVC - forced vital capacity) and correlate this with RFcsa, function and HRQoL during critical illness and recovery. [ Time Frame: Pre-operatively, Day 7/Hospital Discharge and 6-15 week follow up clinic. ]Lying and standing vital capacity will be measured using a hand held spirometer.
- To measure Free Fat Mass Index (FFMI) and correlate this with RFcsa, function and HRQoL during critical illness and recovery. [ Time Frame: Pre-operatively, Day 7/Hospital Discharge and 6-15 week follow up clinic. ]Free fat mass index (FFMI) and free fat mass (FFM) will be measured using the bodystat 1500 device. Other values will also be recorded from the test including body fat percentage and lean mass percentage. The body stat 1500 is an electrical device that uses electrical impedance to obtain results (objective data).
- To measure the EQ-5D-5L (Euroscore) to assess general health and correlate this with the primary objective (RFcsa). [ Time Frame: Pre operatively, Day 7/Hospital discharge and 6-15 week follow up. ]EQ5D-5L is a standardised tool that provides a simple generic measure of health. A summation of all the levels will be converted to a single index value using the EQ5D-5L crosswalk index value calculator. The general health score can range from 0 (worst health imaginable) to 100 (best health imaginable).
- Hospital anxiety and depression score (HADS) to assess HRQoL and correlate this with the overall primary objective (RFcsa). [ Time Frame: Pre-operatively, Day 7/Hospital discharge and 6-15 week follow up. ]The HADS is an assessment that measures whether a patients is suffering from anxiety or depression. HADS is a self assessment consisting of 16 items. A result of between 0 and 7 indicates a normal case, between 8 and 10 indicates borderline abnormal and between 11 and 21 indicates abnormal levels of anxiety and depression.
- Reintegration to normal living index (RNLI) to assess HRQoL and correlate this with the overall primary objective (RFcsa). [ Time Frame: Pre-operatively and 6-15 week follow up clinic. ]The RNLI is a 5 domain 11-tool item aimed at assessing the degree to which patients' who have experiences traumatic and incapacitating illness achieve reintegration into society. The RNLI score is based out of 110, which will be proportionally converted to create a score of 100. Zero indicates no integration whereas 100 implies full integration.
- The secondary aim is to understand the molecular profile (bloods). [ Time Frame: Pre-operatively, Day 1, Day 3, Day 7/hospital discharge and 6-15 week follow up. ]Blood analysis will contain and analyse but not limited to markers of oxidative stress injury, inflammation, MiRNA and injury to multiple organs will be quantified. We will store Buffy coat and plasma to understand these profiles.
- Urine Analysis [ Time Frame: pre-operatively, Day 1, Day 3, Day 7/hospital discharge and 6-15 week follow up. ]Urine analysis observes albumin-creatinine ratio (ACR)
- Muscle Biopsy [ Time Frame: Intra-operatively ]A muscle biopsy will be taken from patients whilst under anaesthesia. The biopsy observes pathways relevant to muscle homeostasis using biochemical and molecular techniques.
- Cardiac post operative morbidity score (C-POMS) will be used to calculate morbidity risk. [ Time Frame: Day 3, day 5, day 8 and day 15 post cardiac surgery. ]C-POMS is additional data that will be collected and analysed. C-POMS is a validated tool assessing in-hospital morbidity burden (score 0-13) derived by noting the presence of 13 morbidity domains on days 3, 5, 8 and 15 after surgery. A higher score indicates a greater morbidity burden.
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|Ages Eligible for Study:||18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)|
|Sexes Eligible for Study:||All|
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers:||No|
|Sampling Method:||Non-Probability Sample|
- Above the age of 18
- Receiving elective aortic valvular surgery at Barts Health NHS Trust
- Previous Stroke
- Neuromuscular disease
- Underlying neuromuscular disease
- Non-consenting adults
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03714399
|St Bartholomew's hospital (Barts NHS trust)|
|London, United Kingdom, EC1A 7BE|
|Principal Investigator:||Mark Grffiths, PhD FRCP||Substantive Employee and primary supervisor to PhD student|
|Principal Investigator:||Julie Sanders, MSc, PhD||Director of research and supervisor to PhD student|
|Principal Investigator:||Ashley Thomas, MSc||Substantive employee and PhD student|
|Responsible Party:||Barts & The London NHS Trust|
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|First Posted:||October 22, 2018 Key Record Dates|
|Last Update Posted:||October 4, 2022|
|Last Verified:||November 2021|
|Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:|
|Plan to Share IPD:||No|
|Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product:||No|
|Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product:||No|
Intensive Care Unit Acquired Weakness (ICUAW)
Critical Illness Polyneuromyopathy (CIPM)
Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL)
Rectus Femoris Cross Sectional Area (RFcsa)
Nervous System Diseases