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Dexamethasone Compared to Ondansetron and Dexamethasone for Prophylaxis of Postoperative Vomiting in Children

Information source: Instituto Materno Infantil Prof. Fernando Figueira
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Vomiting Postoperative

Intervention: Dexamethasone and ondasetron (Drug); Dexamethasone (Drug)

Phase: Phase 3

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Instituto Materno Infantil Prof. Fernando Figueira

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Flavia Orange, Investigator, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Universidade Federal de Pernambuco


The majority of pediatric surgery takes place in an outpatient basis. The occurrence of postoperative vomiting can lead to a delay in hospital discharge. However, the use of postoperative vomiting prophylaxis exposes patients unnecessarily to the drugs side effects and also raises the final costs of the surgical procedure. The Objective our study is Compare the incidence of postoperative vomiting between children who received dexamethasone, dexamethasone plus ondansetron or placebo for anti-emetic prophylaxis during outpatient surgery. This is a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study to comparing the use of dexamethasone, dexamethasone plus ondansetron and placebo for postoperative vomiting prophylaxis in children submitted to general anesthesia. Data analysis will be used is Fisher's exact test for the categorical variables and the Anova test for numerical variables as they presented Gaussian variation. The study used a significance level of 5%.

Clinical Details

Official title: Dexamethasone Compared to Ondansetron and Dexamethasone for Prophylaxis of Postoperative Vomiting in Children Undergoing Ambulatory Surgery: Clinical Trial Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-controlled

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Primary outcome: Postoperative vomiting

Secondary outcome: delayed discharge

Detailed description: The investigators know that a large number of pediatric surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis and the occurrence of nausea and vomiting after surgery can lead to delayed discharge and increased hospital costs. Based on this fact, the investigators find it relevant to determine the incidence of postoperative vomiting in pediatric surgery patients to assess the need for antiemetic prophylaxis in this study population being developed in

the surgical ward of the Hospital das Clinicas - Federal University of Pernambuco (HC-UFPE

). The study will be conducted from March 2011 to September 2011. Pacientes pediatric ASA I and II underwent surgery in the pediatric surgical ward of the HC-UFPE. The sample size calculation was performed in the program StatCalc Epi-Info 6. 04d, based on data from relevant literature and determined the presence of 44 patients in each of the three groups, totaling 132 patients in the study. Patients will be recruited in the preparation room anesthetic in surgical clinics of the Hospital for three shifts of existing pediatric surgery. After evaluation of each patient and then filled the criteria of inclusion and exclusion, those responsible will be informed about the procedures being undertaken and the possible consequences of their participation in research. Only after signing an informed consent by the person responsible will be held the allocation of patients into three groups, after opening the sealed envelope containing the selected group for that participant. These envelopes are previously prepared by a person outside the research. Therefore, the researcher has no prior knowledge of the group selected for the participant at the time of the consent solicitation. At the end of the study will fill a flowchart with the profile of the trial, including the total number of patients, the number of eligible patients, the number of those who were offered participation in the study, the number of denied and his reason the number of patients who agreed to participate. The latter will be known only after statistical analysis Randomization to each specific group will be held in accordance with a table of random numbers previously generated computer (Random Allocation Software 1. 0, 2004). Independent variable

- Use of dexamethasone and ondansetron, or dexamethasone or placebo only

Dependent Variables

- Incidence of postoperative vomiting;

- The need for antiemetic therapy in the recovery room post-anesthesia unit (PACU)

- Length of stay in PACU

- Delaying Hospital discharge All patients and their caregivers will be duly informed of

the research objectives and will be included in the study only if they agree to participate and sign the Deed of Consent. The project was designed following the recommendations of Resolution 196/96 of the National Health Council and the Declaration of Helsinki for research involving human subjects (2000). In addition, the project was submitted to the Ethics Committee of the Hospital das Clinicas-UFPE and approved. Patients will receive all information regarding the advantages and disadvantages of this technique, being safeguarded the right to refuse to participate. The researchers will undertake to publish the study, regardless of the outcome.


Minimum age: 1 Year. Maximum age: 10 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- ASA I or II

- Patients aged between 1 and 10 years old

- Patients undergoing general anesthesia for surgical repair of hernia, cryptorchidism

and phimosis Exclusion Criteria:

- Officials who refused to sign the consent form


- History of allergy to dexamethasone and/or ondansetron

- Patients taking opioids preoperatively

- Patients using antiemetic drugs preoperatively

- Patients with vomiting preoperatively

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Additional Information

Starting date: March 2011
Last updated: August 2, 2011

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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