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Ketamine Clinical Trials

A Double-blind, Randomised Placebo-controlled Trial to Determine Whether Low-dose Intravenous Ketamine Peri-operatively Can Prevent Chronic Post-surgical Pain, in Patients Undergoing Thoracotomy or Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

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Id: NCT01296347

Organisation Name: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Overal Status: Completed

Start Date: April 2011

Last Update: September 4, 2019

Lead Sponsor: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Brief Summary: This study will test the null hypothesis that low-dose ketamine given peri-operatively will have no effect on the development of chronic post-surgical pain, in patients undergoing thoracotomy or video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) procedures

A double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial will be used to test the null hypothesis. Potential participants due to undergo either thoracotomy or video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) will be identified by the collaborating thoracic surgeons in the out-patient department. Patients will be sent information about the study by post, prior to admission for surgery. If they are willing to participate, written consent will be sought on the ward preoperatively, where they will complete baseline measures of pain.

Patients will be randomised to receive an intravenous infusion of placebo (saline) or ketamine running at 0.1mg/kg/hour, starting 10 minutes prior to the surgical incision and continuing for the first three postoperative days (96 hours in total). Prior to starting the infusion a loading dose of ketamine (0.1 mg per kg) will be administered.

  • Chronic Postoperative Pain

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