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The Effect of a Preoperative Single-dose Methylprednisolone on the Postoperative Rehabilitation After Abdominal Hysterectomy

Information source: Holbaek Sygehus
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Condition(s) targeted: Hysterectomy; Methylprednisolone; Postoperative Pain

Intervention: Methylprednisolone 125mg (Drug); Sodium Chloride 2 ml (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Holbaek Sygehus

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Niels Jørgen Secher, Professor, Study Chair, Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics, Hvidovre Hospital


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of 125 mg methylprednisolone, given intravenously 60-90 minutes before abdominal surgery,on the postoperative rehabilitation after abdominal hysterectomy. Sodium Chloride is the placebo. The following parameters are registered: 1. Pain 3, 6 and 24 hours postoperatively and 2-7 days after surgery. 2. The postoperative use of additional analgesics. 3. Inflammatory parameters before and after surgery. 4. Time until mobilization. 5. Time until discharge.

Clinical Details

Official title: The Effect of a Preoperative Single-dose Methylprednisolone on the Postoperative Rehabilitation After Abdominal Hysterectomy: A Prospective, Double Blinded, Placebo Controlled Study

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

Primary outcome:

Pain 6 hours postoperatively

Pain 3 hours postoperatively

Pain 24 hours postoperatively


Secondary outcome:

Use of additional analgesics

Postoperative nausea

Use of antiemetics

Time until mobilization

Time until discharge after surgery

Inflammatory parameters

Adverse effects

Inflammatory parameter


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Female.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients having an abdominal hysterectomy on a benign indication.

- Patients who speak and understand Danish.

- Patients who can give informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Diabetics

- Regular use of glucocorticoids, opioids or tranquilizers

- Regular treatment with immunosuppressives

- Alcohol or drug abuse

- Morphine intolerance

- Age under 18

- Chronic pain disease eg fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis

- Malign indication for hysterectomy

- BMI over 35

- Decreased kidney function


Locations and Contacts

Department of Gynaechology and Obstetrics, Holbæk Sygehus, Holbæk 4300, Denmark
Additional Information

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Starting date: August 2009
Last updated: October 12, 2011

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