Antiemetic Efficacy and Safety of Dexamethasone in Obstetric Surgical Patients

2014-08-27 03:17:25 | BioPortfolio


This is a randomised controlled double blinded clinical trial to determine the antiemetic efficacy and safety of either 8 mg of dexamethasone or normal saline (placebo) given 1 hour before induction of either spinal or general anaesthesia in 2 arms (of 150 each).

Study Design

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


Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting


dexamethasone, normal saline


Mulago National Refferal Hospital




Makerere University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:17:25-0400

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Emesis and queasiness occurring after anesthesia.

Abdominal symptoms after removal of the GALLBLADDER. The common postoperative symptoms are often the same as those present before the operation, such as COLIC, bloating, NAUSEA, and VOMITING. There is pain on palpation of the right upper quadrant and sometimes JAUNDICE. The term is often used, inaccurately, to describe such postoperative symptoms not due to gallbladder removal.

Drugs used to prevent NAUSEA or VOMITING. Antiemetics act by a wide range of mechanisms. Some act on the medullary control centers (the vomiting center and the chemoreceptive trigger zone) while others affect the peripheral receptors.

Symptoms of NAUSEA and VOMITING in pregnant women that usually occur in the morning during the first 2 to 3 months of PREGNANCY. Severe persistent vomiting during pregnancy is called HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM.

A histamine H1 antagonist given by mouth or parenterally for the control of postoperative and drug-induced vomiting and in motion sickness. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p935)

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