Recruitment

Recruitment Status
Recruiting

Inclusion Criterias

Patients undergoing proximal hypospadias repair
Patients undergoing proximal hypospadias repair

Exclusion Criterias

All patients currently taking steroids at the time of surgery or during the six-week recovery period as well as patients with betamethasone hypersensitivity will be excluded from the study. Selection will be based on parent willingness to allow the child to participate in the study.
All patients currently taking steroids at the time of surgery or during the six-week recovery period as well as patients with betamethasone hypersensitivity will be excluded from the study. Selection will be based on parent willingness to allow the child to participate in the study.

Summary

Conditions
Hypospadias
Type
Interventional
Design
  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
  • Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
  • Primary Purpose: Health Services Research

Participation Requirements

Age
Younger than 322 years
Gender
Only males

Description

Hypospadias repair is a surgery that is, unfortunately, fraught with a high complication rate with problems that include urethrocutaneous fistula formation, complete wound breakdown, glans dehiscence, urethral diverticulum formation, retraction of the urethral meatus, urethral stricture, and meatal ...

Hypospadias repair is a surgery that is, unfortunately, fraught with a high complication rate with problems that include urethrocutaneous fistula formation, complete wound breakdown, glans dehiscence, urethral diverticulum formation, retraction of the urethral meatus, urethral stricture, and meatal stenosis . Failure of a proximal hypospadias repair (i.e. the development of a post-operative complication) is unpredictable, and few modifiable risk factors having been identified. Complications necessitate subsequent surgical intervention for pediatric patients, which must be carried out under general anesthesia. Evidence regarding the harms of multiple general anesthetics for children is increasing. Additionally, with each surgical revision comes the morbidity associated with another post-surgical convalescence. Thus, any measure that can be gained as a way to increase the rate of success of proximal hypospadias repair would be of help to all pediatric urologists and patients with hypospadias. The proposed intervention of administering a 5 day course of placebo versus oral steroids at a dose equivalent to what is given for outpatient treatment of asthma exacerbations, is expected to have very low risk. This would be the only variation from the current practice and one that has never been studied in the past. Thus, it would be worthwhile to perform use scientific methods to determine if the administration of a short course of oral steroids is of benefit to healing and minimization of post-operative complications for hypospadias patients.

Inclusion Criterias

Patients undergoing proximal hypospadias repair
Patients undergoing proximal hypospadias repair

Exclusion Criterias

All patients currently taking steroids at the time of surgery or during the six-week recovery period as well as patients with betamethasone hypersensitivity will be excluded from the study. Selection will be based on parent willingness to allow the child to participate in the study.
All patients currently taking steroids at the time of surgery or during the six-week recovery period as well as patients with betamethasone hypersensitivity will be excluded from the study. Selection will be based on parent willingness to allow the child to participate in the study.

Locations

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15224
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15224

Tracking Information

NCT #
NCT02162810
Collaborators
Not Provided
Investigators
  • Principal Investigator: Francis Schneck, MD University of Pittsburgh
  • Francis Schneck, MD University of Pittsburgh