Condition category
Injury, Occupational Diseases, Poisoning
Date applied
07/11/2014
Date assigned
07/08/2015
Last edited
12/08/2015
Prospective/Retrospective
Prospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
Recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Chronic subdural haematoma (CSDH) is a collection of liquefied blood between the surface of the brain and its outmost lining. It is especially common in older individuals and can happen with only a minor injury to the head. It can cause drowsiness, confusion, limb weakness and problems with mobility. In the UK, 5,000 people aged over 65 years are diagnosed with a CSDH each year. In the NHS, patients with severe symptoms usually undergo an operation to evacuate the CSDH. Patients with milder symptoms are usually actively monitored. Although about 80-85% of the patients tend to recover well from this operation, approximately 15-20% of patients will have a recurrence of the CSDH and require a further operation. This significantly reduces the chances of good recovery. A considerable body of evidence suggests that steroids can reduce the rate of recurrence and, in some cases, avoid the need for surgery altogether. However, steroids have side effects and it is not known whether the benefits outweigh the risks in this context. Currently, there is no high-quality evidence showing whether steroids should be used routinely for patients with CSDH. The Dex-CSDH study will provide this much needed evidence. The Dex-CSDH study will focus on symptomatic patients with CSDH and will compare the use of steroids against placebo ('dummy' treatment).

Who can participate?
All patients admitted to a participating neurosurgical unit with a CSDH will be considered for the study based on pre-specified criteria.

What does the study involve?
Once consent is in place, you will be assigned randomly (like the flip of a coin) to take either dexamethasone or placebo. The latter is sometimes called the ‘dummy capsule’. It looks the same as the active treatment (dexamethasone) but does not contain any of the active ingredients. The treatment (dexamethasone or placebo) will be administered daily for 14 days on a tapering course, which reduces the dose over the 14-day study period. Neither you nor your doctor will know which treatment you are receiving – this is necessary in order to draw valid conclusions at the end of the study. Before you leave the hospital we will assess your level of recovery. We will also ask you to fill in a short questionnaire pack at 3 and 6 months after leaving the hospital, as we would like to find out about your recovery and state of health.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
There is no guaranteed benefit from taking part in this study. However, information collected in the study may benefit patients with a subdural haematoma in the future. Apart from the potential side effects of dexamethasone, there are no additional risks or disadvantages involved with taking part in this study. Dexamethasone is a medication used regularly in the treatment of many medical conditions. It is also widely used in many patients with conditions affecting the nervous system, e.g. brain tumours. The side effects of dexamethasone are rare with a short course such as the one in this study. You will continue to receive the standard care for your condition.

Where is the study run from?
The study is run from the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is expected that the majority of UK neurosurgical centres will participate.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
September 2014 to May 2019.

Who is funding the study?
NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme - HTA (UK).

Who is the main contact?
Prof Peter Hutchinson – Chief Investigator
neurosurgsec@medschl.cam.ac.uk
Mr Angelos Kolias – Co-Chief Investigator
angeloskolias@gmail.com

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Peter Hutchinson

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2796-1835

Contact details

University of Cambridge
Dept of Clinical Neurosciences
Division of Neurosurgery
Box 167
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge
CB2 0QQ
United Kingdom
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neurosurgesec@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Type

Public

Additional contact

Ms Carol Davis-Wilkie

ORCID ID

Contact details

Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit
Coton House
Level 6
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road
Cambridge
CB2 0QQ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 254921
carol.daviswilkie@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Type

Scientific

Additional contact

Dr Ellie Edlmann

ORCID ID

Contact details

Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Division of Neurosurgery
Box 167
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Hills Road
Cambridge
CB2 0QQ
United Kingdom
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eedlmann@nhs.net

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

2014-004948-35

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

HTA 13/15/02

Study information

Scientific title

A randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial of a two-week course of dexamethasone for adult patients with a symptomatic Chronic Subdural Haematoma (Dex-CSDH trial)

Acronym

Dex CSDH

Study hypothesis

Dexamethasone can improve the functional outcome of patients with symptomatic chronic subdural haematomas by reducing the rate of surgical intervention and the recurrence rate.

More details can be found at http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects/hta/131502

Ethics approval

NRES Committee North West - Haydock, 14/04/2015, REC ref: 15/NW/0171

Study design

Randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

Condition

Head injury

Intervention

Patients will be randomized to take either dexamethasone or a placebo. The treatment will be administered daily for up to 14 days on a tapering course, which reduces the dose over the study period. The study period lasts for 6 months. At 3 months and again at 6 months short questionnaires will be completed, either face to face, by post or via telephone, to assess level of recovery.

Intervention type

Drug

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Dexamethasone

Primary outcome measures

Modified Rankin Scale (mRS) at 6 months post-randomisation

Secondary outcome measures

1. Rate of cSDH-related surgical interventions undertaken during the index admission
2. Rate of cSDH-related surgical interventions undertaken during subsequent admissions
3. Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) at discharge from NSU and 6 months
4. mRS score at discharge from NSU and 3 months
5. Barthel Index at discharge from NSU, 3 months and 6 months
6. Mortality (30-day and 6 months)

Overall trial start date

01/05/2015

Overall trial end date

01/05/2019

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Informed consent
2. Adults aged 16 or older
3. Symptomatic cSDH confirmed on cranial imaging (predominantly hypodense or isodense crescentic collection along the cerebral convexity on CT)

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

750

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Patients who have already undergone surgical intervention for a cSDH during the same index admission
2. Condition with conditions where steroids are clearly contra-indicated (i.e. active infections)
3. Already on steroids
4. Enrolment in same study within last 12 months
5. Time interval from the time of admission to NSU to initiation of trial medication exceeds 72 hours
6. cSDH in presence of CSF shunt

Recruitment start date

11/08/2015

Recruitment end date

28/08/2018

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
CB2 0QQ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London
W2 1NY
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NE7 7DN
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
PL6 8DH
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
B15 2TH
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
SO16 6YD
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Cambridge

Sponsor details

Box 277
Addenbrookes Hospital
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Hills Road
Cambridge
CB2 0QQ
United Kingdom
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clt29@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre

Website

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme - HTA (UK)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

We intend to disseminate the findings of the Dex-CSDH trial via medical journals, the HTA journal and presentations at national and international meetings. In addition, research findings will be disseminated to relevant service user groups and charities through newsletters, website posts and public presentations.

Intention to publish date

01/09/2019

Participant level data

Available on request

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes