This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition sepsis
Treatments normal saline vehicle, methylene blue, nitric oxide, methylene blue & nitric oxide
Phase phase 1
Sponsor Northern State Medical University
Collaborator Helse Nord
Start date April 2004
End date December 2012
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT00159510, 4001.721.132, Helse Nord (Norway), project, number 4001.721.132


Nitric oxide (NO) plays a pivotal role in maintenance of normal vascular tone. However, in sepsis the excessive production of NO results in myocardial depression, vasoplegia, and cytotoxic effects, thus promoting shock and multiple organ dysfunction. A recently completed study from our group showed advantageous cardiovascular effects of continuously infused methylene blue (MB), an inhibitor of NO pathway, in human septic shock. In another investigation, we have found that the combination of inhaled NO and continuously infused MB attenuates endotoxin-induced acute lung injury (ALI) in sheep. Our intention is, in a new study, to test the hypothesis that the combination of MB and NO (MB+NO) improves both cardiovascular and pulmonary functions as well as clinical outcome in patients with septic shock and ALI. Forty mechanically ventilated patients diagnosed with hyperdynamic septic shock and ALI, will be randomized to groups receiving

1. Conventional treatment (control group)(n =10);

2. MB infusion in addition to conventional treatment (n=10);

3. Inhaled NO in addition to conventional treatment (n=10);

4. MB infusion combined with inhaled NO (MB+NO) in addition to conventional treatment (n=10).

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
(No Intervention)
The control group with neither nitric oxide nor methylene blue used
normal saline vehicle
Injection of normal saline (NaCl 0.9%) in a volume comparable with the volume of Methylene blue
(Active Comparator)
Single methylene blue used
methylene blue
Injection bolus of 2 mg/kg PBW and infusion of 0.2 mg/kg/hr
(Active Comparator)
Nitric oxide alone used
nitric oxide Not actual
An inhalation of NO via ETT at 10 ppm, partially weaned by 72 hrs of therapy
(Active Comparator)
Both nitric oxide and methylene blue used
methylene blue & nitric oxide Not actual
See the dosage in the previous arms

Primary Outcomes

time frame: 28

Secondary Outcomes

Duration of inotropic and vasopressor support
time frame: 7 Days
Severity of organ dysfunction
time frame: 7 Days

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Informed written consent from the patient, or a written consent from a relative together with a the doctor responsible for the treatment of the patient 2. Aged 18 years or above. 3. Severe sepsis diagnosed less than 72 h prior to randomization. 4. Septic shock defined as a syndrome characterized by severe sepsis in association with either: - a MAP <70 mm Hg for at least 30 consecutive minutes despite fluid resuscitation or, - a requirement for vasopressor support with a constant dose rate of either epinephrine >0,05 mcg/kg/min and/or norepinephrine >0.05 mcg/kg/min and/or dopamine >5 mcg/kg/min and/or phenylephrine >0.5 mcg/kg/min for at least 30 consecutive minutes to maintain a MAP >90 mm Hg 5. Cardiac index (CI) must be >3.5 l/min/m2, pulmonary artery occlusion pressure (PAOP) must be between 8 and 18 mm Hg, and in the opinion of the investigator the patient must be adequately fluid resuscitated 6. A 4 French Pulsiocath thermodilution catheter (Pulsion Medical Systems, München, Germany) in place in one of the femoral arteries and a 7 French thermistor-tipped balloon floatation catheter (Swan Ganz) in the pulmonary artery for determination of hemodynamics, including extravascular lung water index (EVLWI). 7. A dedicated intravenous line for infusion of MB 8. A respirator with a device for delivery of gaseous NO to the inspiration gas and equipped with analysis tools for lung mechanics 9. The patients will be treated in intensive care units with the possibility to provide full life support for the whole duration of the study 10. In female patients a negative pregnancy test will be requires before inclusion unless the patient is either in the post-partum period or known to have undergone prior tubal ligation or hysterectomy, or be postmenopausal Exclusion Criteria: - 1) Patients who have received vasopressor infusion therapy as described in the definition of septic shock either intermittently or continuously for a period of more than 24 h prior to randomization 2) The use of any vasoactive drug infusion other than epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine, phenylephrine and dobutamine, at the time of study entry 3) Patients in whom either vasodilators or dobutamine are contraindicated 4) Patients who cannot have their MAP managed safely within the range of 70-90 mm Hg (e.g. patients with raised intracranial pressure) 5) Shock due to any cause other than severe sepsis (e.g. drug reaction or drug overdose, adrenal insufficiency, pulmonary embolus, burn injury etc.) 6) Patients that are immunocompromised due to any of the following: - known corticosteroid therapy either greater than or equal to a total daily dose equivalent to 1 mg/kg or greater than 70 mg/day of oral prednisolone for at least 7 consecutive days within one month prior to study entry, - clinically suspected or known to have Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), - granulocyte count less than 1000/mm3 due to a cause other than severe sepsis (e.g. metastatic or hematological malignancies or chemotherapy), - immunosuppressant therapy (e.g. due to an organ or bone marrow transplant), 7) Underlying disease, exclusive of septic shock, which is expected to cause death within 1 month from study entry 8) Within 30 days prior to this study, the patient should not have been included in any other randomized therapeutic study of an agent not licensed, or administration of any other investigational agent for the treatment of sepsis and/or septic shock. Patients must not participate in such studies for at least 30 days after enrolment into this study. 9) Pregnant women, pregnancy test required of any fertile women.

Additional Information

Official title A Controlled Prospective Randomized Open-Label Study of Methylene Blue and Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Patients With Septic Shock and Acute Lung Injury
Principal investigator Mikhail Y Kirov, MD, PhD
Description The therapy with either MB+NO or NO or MB alone will be prolonged for up to 24 h or until resolution of septic shock, whichever occurs first. MB will be injected as a bolus of 2 mg/kg subsequently followed by dose-titrated infusion. The latter beginning with 0.25 mg/kg/h continuing within the range of from 0.05 to 0.5 mg/kg/h. The goal is to maintain mean arterial pressure within the range of 70-90 mm Hg, with the purpose of reducing any concurrent vasopressor therapy. The NO therapy will be started from 10 ppm and aimed at maintaining the mean pulmonary artery pressure at the lowest possible levels by inhaling NO in concentrations from 1 to 20 ppm.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in January 2012.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Northern State Medical University.