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The Management of Postoperative Craniotomy Pain in Pediatric Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study

18 Years
Open (Enrolling by invite only)
Post Craniotomy Surgery, Cancer, Epilepsy, Vascular Malformations, Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery

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Trial Information

The Management of Postoperative Craniotomy Pain in Pediatric Patients: A Prospective Cohort Study

Inclusion Criteria:

- Pediatric patients 0-18 years, who are scheduled to undergo craniotomy surgery for
any reason (e.g., brain tumor, epilepsy surgery, craniofacial reconstruction) at
either the Boston Children's Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, or
the Children's Center of the Johns Hopkins Hospital will be eligible for enrollment.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Patients who remain intubated after surgery. Additionally, we will exclude patients
who are allergic to opioids or who have a history of substance abuse

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

pain assessment

Outcome Description:

To determine the severity of pain and the compliance of physicians and nurses in implementation of institutionally mandated pain assessment tools by chart review. We will also assess which pain assessment tools are in use by health care providers in the 3 participating institutions along with compliance with frequency of pain assessment based on institutional policy.

Outcome Time Frame:

2 years

Safety Issue:



United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

August 2011

Completion Date:

August 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Post Craniotomy Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Craniofacial Reconstructive Surgery
  • pediatrics
  • acute pain
  • neurosurgery
  • Pediatric patients (0-18)
  • postoperative management
  • Congenital Abnormalities
  • Epilepsy
  • Vascular Malformations



Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104
Children's Hospital Boston Boston, Massachusetts  02115
Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, Maryland  21287