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This is a study designed to see if a low dose of Lithium treatment, taken for 2 weeks, can improve fracture healing and improve patients' function and productivity.


Clinical Trial Description

Despite the success of traditional treatments for broken bones (surgery, immobilization, or both) 10% of fractures do not heal or take longer than normal to heal. This can have a significant effect on a patient's function and productivity, as well as on healthcare expenditures. Very few advances in fracture healing have been made, despite the need for new approaches to fracture treatment. This study proposes a simple, economical, and non-invasive approach to complement traditional fracture treatment that could decrease healing time and reduce the incidence of delayed healing. The investigators think that this can improve health outcomes for patients and reduce health care costs for the healthcare system in general. The goal is to see if a low-dose of Lithium treatment can have a positive effect on fracture healing and can reduce pain and improve function in patients who have broken a bone. The LiFT study is a participant, surgeon and observer blinded single-centre randomized (1:1), controlled, superiority trial with 2 parallel groups. A minimization procedure will stratify participants based on the fractured long bone (clavicle, humerus, femur or tibia/fibula) and smoking. Participants will be randomized to 1 of 2 groups: lithium capsules or placebo. The Lithium/placebo will be taken daily for 2 weeks, starting 2 weeks after the fracture occurs (or 2 weeks after surgery if the participant is treated with surgery). ;


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NCT number NCT02999022
Study type Interventional
Source Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Contact Monica R Kunz, BA, CCRP
Phone 416-480-4285
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase Phase 2
Start date July 21, 2017
Completion date June 2022

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