There are about 396 clinical studies being (or have been) conducted in Lebanon. 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.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition that results in the inflammation of the colon and rectum. Patients suspected to have ulcerative colitis are diagnosed via colonoscopy. Moreover, colonoscopy is considered to be the preferred procedure for assessing the activity and extent of the disease, as well as monitoring treatment response and development of lesions. Therefore, optimal performance and visualization of mucosal lesions via adequate bowel preparation is essential in such patients. In addition, the nature of the disease and the need for multiple colonoscopies throughout a patient's lifetime makes compliance to repeated procedures difficult. It is well known that colonoscopy preparations are generally poorly tolerated, disliked and, consequently serve as an additional burden on patients.Polyethylene glycol (PEG), despite being the golden standard, is not very well tolerated. Inadequate bowel preparations are associated with cancelled procedures, prolonged procedure time, incomplete examination, increased cost and possibly complications, physician frustration and patient anxiety, but most importantly, with missed pathology. A good bowel preparation would need a solution with reasonable volume, acceptable taste, minimal diet restrictions, and easy-to-follow instructions. The strict need for adherence to drinking a relatively large volume of solution preparation may result in poor compliance. Despite the emergence of several types of low volume preparations, the evidence on the use of such solutions remains sparse. This is especially true in terms of patients' tolerability to the solution, and its relation with adequate bowel preparation during colonoscopy. The investigator's aim is to assess how small volume preparations such as sodium picosulfate/magnesium citrate (Citrafleet®) enhance participants tolerability to the solution, compliance, and adequacy of bowel preparations when compared to 2L polyethylene glycol + ascorbic acid (MoviPrep®) in patients with Ulcerative Colitis.
Evaluation of the effect of FIXED triple anti-hypertensive therapy with losartan-amlodipin-HCTZ vs any free triple combination therapy chosen by the treating physician for patients with uncontrolled hypertension
Background: The removal of Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA) in children may be associated with respiratory adverse events. The incidence of these adverse events may be influenced by the type of anesthesia maintenance. It is not clear whether Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) with propofol is associated with a lower incidence of respiratory events upon removal of LMA as compared to maintenance with sevoflurane. Specific Aim: The primary aim of this study is to compare the prevalence of respiratory adverse events following LMA removal in patient receiving TIVA versus sevoflurane inhalational anesthesia in a pediatric population aged between 6 month and 6 years old. Secondary outcomes include quality of induction, maintenance and emergence from anesthesia between the 2 groups as evidenced by ease of LMA insertion, absence of bucking or movement during the procedure, time to LMA removal, and absence of emergence agitation. Methods: In this prospective randomized clinical trial, children will be enrolled in one of two groups: Group 1 will receive propofol for induction and maintenance of anesthesia, Group 2 will receive sevoflurane for induction and maintenance of anesthesia. In both groups patients will be mechanically ventilated. At the end of the procedure, LMAs will be removed when patients are fully awake as defined by the return of reflexes, eye opening, and purposeful movements. Significance: Data comparing the influence of TIVA and sevoflurane on the occurrence of respiratory adverse events after LMA removal are limited. Both techniques are standard of care at our institution. However, as per our clinical observations, we hypothesize that TIVA is superior to sevoflurane. This study will identify the technique that provides optimal anesthetic conditions and improved patient's safety.
Background: The list of studies with inconsistent data regarding the effect of intra-operative ventilatory management on post-operative lung injury is large. The literature is lacking data on the least injurious way of ventilating surgical patients intra-operatively. This study is necessary to support future guidelines on the practice of intra-operative mechanical ventilation. Specific Aim: The aims of this study is first to describe intra-operative ventilatory practices at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), (with particular focus on the mode of ventilation, tidal volume per body weight and PEEP settings) and second, to identify the post-operative complications that could be associated with particular settings. Methodology: This is a prospective observational study that will be conducted in the operating room at AUBMC, on patients being admitted for surgeries under general anesthesia. During the patient's stay in the hospital, targeted process (patient characteristics, surgical procedure, mechanical ventilation management, anesthesiologist characteristics) and outcomes parameters (postoperative pulmonary complications) will be collected for analysis. Patients will be monitored and followed up with intraoperatively and postoperatively. Analysis: Different parameters and outcomes will be collected and by subgrouping the patients per their medical history statistical significance will be tested to reach a correlative analysis to the outcomes documented. Statistical comparison will be made using the ANOVA, Student's t-test, and Chi-squared test. Level of statistical significance will be considered at p<0.05. Mean age, weight, height and BMI of participants in the different groups will be calculated. ANOVA test will be performed to test statistical significance to compare the different means between different subgroups. A two sided P value of less than 0.05 was considered to be significant Significance: The literature is lacking data on the least injurious way of ventilating surgical patients intra-operatively. This study is necessary to support future guidelines on the practice of intra-operative mechanical ventilation
The ActiPatch is an FDA cleared pain therapy device that uses pulsed shortwaves to interrupt pain signals at the nerve. 200 patients will be randomized and divided into an ActiPatch treatment group and comparison analgesic drug therapy group . Subjects will be assessed with the Neck Disability Index (NDI) at baseline and at four weeks and VAS scores will be recorded in order to determine the efficacy of the ActiPatch device compared to Etoricoxib. Cervical osteoarthritis causes chronic neck pain which could potentially be alleviated by the ActiPatch without the use of medication.
Flexibility, agility and muscle strength are key factors to either win or lose a game. Recently the effect of a new technique, deep transverse friction massage (DTFM), on muscle extensibility, strength and agility and injury occurrence has been examined, as compared to traditional stretching techniques.
Breastfeeding is the ideal infant nutrition recommended by governmental and medical professional organizations. Yet, women with inverted nipples often face difficulties in breastfeeding that ultimately force them to prematurely terminate breastfeeding. This open-label randomized clinical trial aims to investigate the effectiveness of the use of the inverted syringe technique on exclusive breastfeeding success in women with inverted nipples, as compared to standard of care.
Recent literature shows that birth injury is associated with postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction (pelvic organ prolapse and fecal and urinary incontinence). Prolonged labor, namely during the 2nd stage, is one of the main obstetric risk factors responsible for anal sphincter rupture and fecal incontinence. In addition, it is associated with increased maternal and neonatal morbidities including increased risk of lower genital tract lacerations. In an effort to shorten labor and decrease lower genital tract trauma many techniques have been investigated. The objective of our study is to investigate whether the use of obstetric gel shortens the first and second stage of labor and exerts a protective effect on the lower genital tract. Neonatal and maternal morbidities will be also assessed. The study design will be a randomized controlled trial of 2 groups, where the patients presenting for vaginal delivery will be randomly assigned to either: - Group 1 who will receive the standard care during labor and delivery - Group 2 who will receive the standard care during labor and delivery with the vaginal application of the obstetrical gel The goal of this randomized controlled study is to compare the length of the first and 2nd stage of labor and the lower genital tract integrity in the 2 groups of patients.
Hypotension is the most common complication of neuraxial anesthesia in obstetric patients and its prevalence in cesarean section is about 50-90%. Maternal hypotension causes unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, respiratory depression, and cardiac arrest. Hypotension may reduce placental perfusion and result in fetal acidosis and neurological injury. Several techniques have been proposed to prevent hypotension. The recommended spinal block height to ensure patient comfort for Cesarean delivery is T4-6. Clinically, it is desirable that the spread of local anesthetic through the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) achieves a sensory level no higher than the T4 dermatome to avoid extensive sympathetic block. It is also important that the spinal block level be no lower than T6 to avoid patient discomfort during peritoneal manipulation and uterine exteriorization. The effect of injection speed on spread of spinal anesthesia is controversial. Several studies have demonstrated more extensive spread with faster injection while others report either greater spread with slower injection, or no difference. Slow injection of hyperbaric bupivacaine 10 mg over 60 and 120 sec has been shown to reduce the incidence and severity of hypotension during Cesarean delivery under spinal anesthesia.
This study compares the intraoperative opioid free anesthesia approach in laparoscopic bariatric surgery to a conventional opioid- based anesthesia. Half of participants will receive opioid free anesthesia with dexmedetomidine, lidocaine and ketamine while the other half will receive opioid based anesthesia with fentanyl, remi-fentanyl and ketamine