Intranasal Dexmedetomidine Sedation During Intra-articular Joint Injections in Pediatric Population

  • End date
    Dec 21, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Oulu
Updated on 21 May 2021


The main objective of this study is to evaluate the effectivity of intranasal dexmedetomidine sedation during intra-articular injection therapy. Intranasal dexmedetomidine is compared with dinitrous oxide (N2O) which has already been proven safe and effective sedation method during painful procedures in pediatric patients.

In earlier studies the median VAS during intra-articular corticosteroid injections with patients receiving nitrous oxide has been 3 (Uziel et al 2008). Study hypothesis is that with intranasal dexmedetomidine sedation the VAS pain levels will be 1 unit lower.

Condition Autoimmune disease, JUVENILE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, Arthritis, Arthritis and Arthritic Pain, Arthritis and Arthritic Pain (Pediatric), juvenile idiopathic arthritis, inflammatory arthritis
Treatment Dexmedetomidine, Sedatives/Hypnotics,Other
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03069638
SponsorUniversity of Oulu
Last Modified on21 May 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Patient age between ages 1year to 18 years
A joint inflammation in 1-5 joints needing intra-articular corticosteroid injection diagnosed by pediatric rheumatologist

Exclusion Criteria

Patients under the age of 1year and over the age of 18years are excluded as well as patients needing injection therapy to more than 5 joints
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