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Preoperative steroid in abdominal wall reconstruction: protocol for a randomised trial

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INTRODUCTION: Preoperative administration of high-dose glucocorticoid leads to improved recovery and decreased length of stay after abdominal surgery. Even so, studies on administration of glucocorticoids for patients undergoing abdominal wall reconstruction (AWR) for giant ventral hernia repair are lacking, perhaps due to a fear of impaired wound healing. We hypothesised that patients undergoing AWR would benefit from preoperative glucocorticoids and aimed at examining this in a randomised controlled trial.

METHODS: A total of 40 patients scheduled to undergo AWR for ventral hernias with a fascial defect exceeding 10 cm will be randomised for intravenous administration of either 125 mg methylprednisolone or saline at the induction of anaesthesia. The primary endpoint is pain at rest on the first post-operative day. Patients will be followed until 30 days post-operatively, and secondary outcomes include subjective measures, wound complications and analysis of blood and wound fluids.

CONCLUSIONS: This is the first trial on the effect of preoperative glucocorticoid administration in patients undergoing AWR. Due to long post-operative stays and a high rate of post-operative complications, this patient group can potentially benefit much from any post-operative optimisation. Furthermore, insight into any impact of glucocorticoids on wound healing in hernia patients may provide important information.

FUNDING: none.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: This study was registered with Clinicaltrials.gov (NCT02594241) and Eudra-CT (2015-004916-39).

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA5260
JournalDanish Medical Journal
Volume63
Issue number8
Number of pages4
ISSN1603-9629
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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