This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions choroidal melanoma, melanoma, eye neoplasms
Treatments ibuprofen, tramadol
Phase phase 1/phase 2
Sponsor Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Start date February 2001
End date February 2004
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT00111046, 2K/261, R&D 1931


The purpose of this study is to assess post operative pain following the insertion of radioactive plaque for choroidal melanoma in patients after receiving either ibuprofen or tramadol.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind
Primary purpose treatment

Primary Outcomes

Compare levels of pain
time frame:

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - All patients that are admitted for undergoing plaque radiotherapy for choroidal melanoma would be approached to participate in this study. - They should be adults who are of a sound frame of mind to give an informed consent to participate. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients less than 18 years of age - Patients of unsound mind not capable of giving informed consent - Active peptic ulcer disease, asthma, renal dysfunction, warfarin therapy, hypothyroidism history of epilepsy, pregnancy, breastfeeding and hypersensitivity to either products.

Additional Information

Official title Post-Operative Pain Relief Following Insertion of Radioactive Plaque for Choroidal Melanoma: Randomised Control Trial of Tramadol Vs Ibuprofen: A Pilot Study
Principal investigator Bertil Damato
Description Patients with choroidal melanomas who are offered ruthenium plaque radiotherapy have their plaque sutured to the sclera under general anaesthesia. The plaque is removed in a few days after delivering the required radioactive dosage to the tumour. While the plaque is in situ, patients require analgesia. The management of post-operative pain is generally not considered a high priority, more importance being given to the regression of the melanoma. This is indicated by the lack of any study addressing this aspect of care. The failure of patients in general, to complain, may perhaps be due to them having accepted that some degree of pain following 'major surgery for a malignant ocular condition' is the norm. As per current protocol, ibuprofen is being prescribed, unless contraindicated. Although many are comfortable, others request additional analgesics. Most opioid analgesics provide better pain relief but are associated with nausea, vomiting, constipation and respiratory depression. Tramadol is an opioid analgesic that is reported to have less of the above mentioned side affects. Comparisons: To compare the analgesic effect of oral tramadol versus ibuprofen in such patients.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in November 2005.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Royal Liverpool University Hospital.