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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
and you are
between 12 and 20
years old
This is a trial in the final phase before the treatment is released on the market.
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The purpose

Obesity represents one of the most important public health issues according to the World Health Organization and it has reached epidemic proportions globally. The prevalence of childhood obesity has rapidly increased over the past decade and is associated with multiple co-morbid disease states . It is estimated that approximately 15.5% of children and adolescents are obese with a body mass index of ≥95th percentile for age . This not only poses health concerns for the patient, but also places increased demands on our healthcare system that is already overwhelmed by burgeoning costs. Moreover, obese children and adolescents who maintain excessive weight as adults are predisposed to cardiovascular disease and premature death. In carefully selected patients who have failed to lose weight by diet and exercise, bariatric surgery provides an option to obtaining a healthy weight. It is increasingly becoming an attractive option, with the number of adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery in the United States tripling between 2000 and 2003. Obese patients are often afflicted with multi-organ dysfunction and obstructive sleep apnea, which presents unique challenges to the anesthesiologist managing their perioperative care . Bariatric surgery in obese adolescents may be associated with significant postoperative pain. Potent intravenous opioids such as fentanyl and morphine are at the mainstay of perioperative pain management. Unfortunately, respiratory depression and airway obstruction can often occur following administration of opioids in obese patients . This makes providing a safe analgesic regimen difficult during the perioperative setting. As opioids can be associated with respiratory depression and upper airway obstruction, surgeons and anesthesiologists alike must reconcile the adequacy of pain control with the risk of respiratory complications after surgery in obese adolescents.

Provided treatments

  • Drug: Fentanyl
  • Drug: Morphine
  • Drug: Dexmedetomidine

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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT02880540. The sponsor of the trial is Janelle Vaughns and it is looking for 10 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
The Use of Dexmedetomidine as an Adjuvant for Perioperative Pain Management in Morbidly Obese Adolescents Undergoing Bariatric Surgery