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To demonstrate that external drainage of thoracic duct lymph during sepsis results in a reduction in circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines. To demonstrate safety and feasibility of early thoracic duct cannulation and external lymph drainage for up to 7 days in adult surgical intensive care patients. To explore other biochemical and physiological endpoints that can be used for the design of future randomized controlled trials and estimate effect size of external drainage.


Clinical Trial Description

This is an interventional cohort study that will involve external drainage of thoracic duct lymph in Surgical ICU patients with septic shock. The lymph drainage will continue for up to a maximum of 7 days and will be continued in those interventional group patients discharged from ICU back to the ward before that time. The lymph (and time-matched blood) will be periodically sampled to detect changes in composition which will be correlated with changes in disease severity and outcomes, as well as patient physiology and biochemistry. This pilot study is not powered to detect changes in hospital/ICU stay, major complications or mortality. The primary endpoint of interest is the pro-inflammatory cytokine profile and concentrations in lymph and peripheral blood. ;


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NCT number NCT04855786
Study type Interventional
Source University of Pennsylvania
Contact Niels D Martin, MD
Phone 215-662-7323
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date May 2021
Completion date July 2022

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