There are about 8665 clinical studies being (or have been) conducted in Belgium. The country of the clinical trial is determined by the location of where the clinical research is being studied. Most studies are often held in multiple locations & countries.
Less than half of the patients suffering from sudden cardiac arrest arrive at the hospital alive. Within these survivors less than half will be discharged alive from the hospital without being severely disabled. The most frequent cause of death during the first 24 hours since admission to the hospital is related to cardiovascular instability and failure. In the early phases of ROSC patients are hemodynamically unstable and management for out of hospital cardiac arrests relies on few non invasive measurements such as non invasive blood pressure, SatO2, EtCO2 and continuous ECG. Recent technological advances allow continuous non invasive evaluation of response to fluid challenge in mechanically ventilated patients through the pleth variability index. The investigators hypothesize that early goal directed therapy based on non invasive measurement of the pleth variability index on top of conventional non-invasive monitor during the initial care in the Emergency Department can improve the hemodynamic status of the participants, increase lactate clearance and reduce fluid balance at 48 hours post arrest. Objectives: - To determine whether an early goal directed management based on the pleth variability index on top of standard non invasive hemodynamic monitoring could improve the hemodynamic status of patients post cardiac arrest especially in terms of increase in lactate clearance and reduced fluid balance. Neurological outcome will be investigated.
Background Cranial reconstruction after monocortical bonegraft harvesting remains a clinical challenge for the maxillofacial surgeon. At present, there is no gold standard technique advised. Patient-specific implants are gaining terrain in the field of craniofacial reconstruction. Comparative studies on differences in success rates between different biomaterials for application in craniofacial surgery are lacking. Aims The primary objective is to evaluate, in terms of cosmetic result, the postoperative successful outcome of patient-standardized implants for cranial reconstruction after bonegraft harvesting for jaw augmentation of patients with severely atrophic jaw. Design Patients considered eligible for cranial bone-augmentation of the severely atrophic jaw, that provide their consent for participation in the trial, will be randomized at recruitment into either the patient-specific implant (P) or cement (C) group. In the P group, the cranial bone defect will be reconstructed with a patient-specific implant (KLS Martin, Tuttlingen, Germany). In the C group, the cranial bone defect will be reconstructed with HydrosetTM (Stryker, New Jersey, USA), calcium phosphate cement, according to the current standard practice at the department. Parameters representing ease of application of the biomaterial , postoperative complication rate, cosmetic and functional outcome will be measured at fixed time-points during surgery and postoperative follow-up. A cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan of both the donor (cranium) and receptor site (jaw) will be taken preoperatively, within 10 days postop, and 6 months post-operatively to measure biomaterial positioning. Conclusions Systematic reviews demonstrate the need for randomized prospective studies regarding implantable biomaterials used in facial reconstructive surgery. We hypothesize that patient-specific implants provide more user-friendly alternatives to the standard care, with better cosmetic results.
Sepsis is a life-threatening disease caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. This can lead to organ-dysfunction and septic shock, which is a subset of sepsis where underlying abnormalities increase mortality remarkably. Blood cultures are the gold standard for identifying pathogens in the bloodstream (bacteremia). It is based on cultivation techniques which, theoretically, can detect a single pathogenic cell from a patient sample. However, blood cultures have serious limitations, such as long time to result (3-7 days). This leads to the fact that only a small fraction of the patients obtain a correct diagnosis and in further consequence get the optimal antimicrobial treatment. Patients with sepsis should get antimicrobial treatment within the hour. Thus, physicians start treatment empirically, with broad-spectrum antibiotics. This puts a selective pressure on pathogens and has led to an increased amount of antibiotic resistance. Faster diagnostics are necessary to ensure an immediate and targeted treatment. In the EU-funded FAPIC project, two diagnostic systems that can be used with direct sample material from patients will be developed, avoiding the time-consuming cultivation of pathogens. In this study, the evaluation of the rapid diagnostics will be performed in patients with sepsis, suspected of bacteremia. To this aim, the performance of the diagnostic systems will be evaluated using blood samples that are collected in parallel with blood cultures. In addition, clinical data of the patients will be collected. In routine care, two blood culture sets (2x2 bottles) per patient are collected. One extra blood samples (EDTA, 9 ml) will be sampled with each blood culture set, totaling 2 samples per patient. In this study, patients presenting at the Emergency Department (ED), and the department of infectious diseases/nephrology will be included. The results will be used to estimate the performance, sensitivity, and specificity of the diagnostic systems compared to blood culture. Furthermore, in order to determine the severity of sepsis and to describe the patient population, clinically relevant parameters and laboratory parameters (ferritin, HLA-DR, serum lactate, SOFA score) will be assessed to determine its association with severity of disease and patient mortality. Evaluation will be done exclusively in the lab, and will not be used directly for the diagnosis or management of patients. Standard care will still be provided.
A study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Calypso Knee System when used in subjects with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the medial compartment of the knee.
This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of erenumab in migraine prevention in children (6 to <12 years) and adolescents (12 to <18 years) with episodic migraine. The study hypothesis is that in pediatric subjects with episodic migraine, the combined erenumab dose group has a greater reduction from baseline to week 9 through week 12 (month 3) in monthly migraine days (MMDs) when compared with placebo in the double-blind treatment phase (DBTP).
The purpose of this study is to collect blood samples, as well as tumor tissue for genetic analysis. The collection of samples will allow the creation of a plasma bank. Targeted individuals are cancer patients of all types, treated with immunotherapy or targeted therapy. Immunotherapy or targeted agents will be administered according to standard of care and reimbursement modalities in Belgium. Targeted agents will be administered according to manufacturer's instructions. With the aim to identify predictive markers of response to treatment or possible resistance mechanism, the plasma samples and the tumor samples will be used for genetic analysis, for example but not limited to, whole exome sequencing. This may lead to the discovery of some germinal mutations implicated in other diseases than cancer.
This study aims to assess the accuracy of a novel urine test for diagnosing urinary tract infections in acutely ill children presenting to ambulatory care. The accuracy of this novel test will be compared to the accuracy of conventional dipstick testing. In addition, the evidence on urine tests will be added to the existing algorithm for diagnosing serious infections in children. Finally, the study aims to describe the relation between the CRP level at study entry and the duration of symptoms and final diagnosis over the following 30 days.
This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of erenumab in migraine prevention in children (6 to <12 years) and adolescents (12 to <18 years) with chronic migraine. The study hypothesis is that in pediatric subjects with chronic migraine, the combined erenumab dose group has a greater reduction from baseline to week 9 through week 12 (month 3) in monthly migraine days (MMDs) when compared with placebo in the double-blind treatment phase (DBTP).
During the current pain monitoring system the patient is awake and he/she is asked to give a numerical scale rating from 0 (no pain) to 10 (extreme pain). The purpose is to correlate the non-invasive measurements of the prototype device ANSPEC-PRO with these numbers to develop later a method/algorithm for automatic evaluation of pain (objective measurement of pain). The measurement is done using standard ECG electrodes placed in the hand palm of the patient. The patient feels nothing during the observations, perhaps irritation of skin may occur as result of long time measurement. As a comparison to the investigators prototype, a commercial device is also used in (randomly selected) patients, i.e. the MedStorm device. The study will try to answer the following questions: - Are the measurements with the ANSPEC-PRO correlated with the NRS values? - What is the (mathematical) relationship between the measured values and the NRS? - Is there difference between the two devices in measuring pain levels? And what is this difference if pain alleviation medication is given to the patient? - A number of 26 patients is envisaged for this study, equally distributed to be evaluated with the two devices.
A multi-center, practice-oriented, repurposing, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial. The RenoMet trial is repurposing an already approved agent (Metformin , Glucophage SR ) in a new indication (renoprotection ) in a new class of patients (chronic kidney disease patients CKD 2, 3A, 3B)