Impact of Preoperative Single Corticosteroid Flash on Morbidity After Colorectal Resection: Monocentric Prospective Pilot Study (CORTICOLON)

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    Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Dijon
Updated on 2 February 2023


Complications due to infection after colorectal surgery are frequent, affecting up to 25% of patients. Infection increases mortality, lengthens hospital stays, increases costs and decreases long term survival for cancer patients. Perioperative inflammation leads to hypercatabolism, denutrition and immunosuppression, all of which are associated to postoperative infection. Data from various sources suggests that modulating perioperative inflammatory response through the injection of corticosteroids would benefit the patient by reducing the number of postoperative complications after major surgery. Pre- or perioperative intravenous administration of a single corticosteroid flash is a means of modulating systemic inflammation that has been suggested for numerous types of surgeries, including pancreatic surgery. The objective of this study is to assess whether a preoperative single corticosteroid flash (methylprednisolone: 20 mg/kg IV at anesthetic induction) reduces the risk of serious complications after elective colorectal surgery.

Condition Elective Colorectal Surgery
Treatment blood samples, injection of methylprednisolone at anesthetic induction
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03437746
SponsorCentre Hospitalier Universitaire Dijon
Last Modified on2 February 2023

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