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Ketamine Clinical Trials

Use of Low-Dose Ketamine Infusion in Acute Painful Episodes of Sickle Cell Disease: A Pilot Study

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Id: NCT00595530

Organisation Name: Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Overal Status: Terminated

Start Date: March 4, 2008

Last Update: August 21, 2019

Lead Sponsor: Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Brief Summary: Acute pain episodes associated with sickle cell disease (SCD) are very difficult to manage effectively. Opioid tolerance and side effects have been major roadblocks in our ability to provide these patients with adequate pain relief. This pilot study is designed to examine the safety and feasibility of using ketamine, an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, in the inpatient seeing with children and adolescents who have sickle cell vasoocclusive pain. Previous research suggests that in subanesthetic doses, ketamine may be able to prevent the development of opiate tolerance and facilitate better pain relief with lower opiate doses, allowing for less respiratory depression, less sedation, easier ambulation, less deconditioning, shorter hospital stays, and better quality of life. The goal of this pilot study is to evaluate the safety and feasibility of using a continuous infusion of ketamine, in conjunction with opiates, in the inpatient setting for sickle cell vasoocclusive pain. It is hypothesized that using a low dose ketamine infusion in conjunction with opiates will be a safe and feasible practice for the treatment of sickle cell pain.

  • Sickle Cell Disease

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