This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition necrotizing enterocolitis
Sponsor Children's Hospital Boston
Collaborator Glaser Pediatric Research Network
Start date December 2003
Trial size 300 participants
Trial identifier NCT00120159, X03-12-080


The general objectives of this protocol are to develop a multi-center prospective data collection process to identify risk factors for progression of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). These data will be used as a basis for identifying management strategies appropriate for further evaluation (randomized controlled trials), to develop evidence-based standards of care, and as a tool to facilitate quality-assessment at individual centers through comparison of outcomes with the entire database.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Time perspective retrospective

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants up to 2 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: Patients must meet at least one criterion from each of the following three categories: Historical Factors: - Feeding intolerance defined as vomiting of 2 or more feedings within 24 hours or any vomitus containing bile, or the presence of gastric residuals of volume greater than 6cc/kg or any aspirate containing bile - Apneic/bradycardic episodes - Oxygen desaturation episode not otherwise explained - Guaiac positive or grossly bloody stools Physical Examination Findings: - Abdominal distention recorded by practitioner - Capillary refill time greater than 2 seconds - Abdominal wall discoloration - Abdominal tenderness Radiographic Findings: - Pneumatosis intestinalis - Portal venous gas - Ileus - Dilated bowel - Pneumoperitoneum - Air/fluid levels - Thickened bowel walls - Ascites or peritoneal fluid - Free intraperitoneal air Exclusion Criteria: Patients will be excluded for any of the following: - Major gastrointestinal anomaly - Prior abdominal operation - Family does not consent to participate (A list of patients for whom consent was refused will be maintained in order to avoid contacting these families repeatedly. All families who refuse consent will be queried as to the reason for refusal).

Additional Information

Official title GPRN Neonatal Surgical Database: Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) Protocol
Principal investigator Tom Jaskic, MPH, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in January 2008.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Children's Hospital Boston.