This clinical trial will determine the safety and effectiveness of intravenous L-citrulline in children undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass during heart surgery. Participants will be randomly assigned to either L-citrulline or a placebo (a substance that has no medicine in it). Citrulline is a protein building block in the body that can convert into another substance, nitric oxide (NO), which controls blood pressure in the lungs. Increased blood pressure in the lungs can be an important surgical problem; it may also lead to problems following surgery, such as severe high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension), increased time spent on a breathing machine, and a longer stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). The hypothesis of this study is that perioperative supplementation with intravenous citrulline will increase plasma citrulline, arginine and NO metabolites and prevent elevations in the postoperative PVT leading to a decrease in the duration of postoperative invasive mechanical ventilation. The objective of this study is to determine in a randomized placebo controlled phase IB multicenter clinical trial if a revised protocol of intravenous L-citrulline delivery given perioperatively achieves a plasma citrulline level of > 100 umol/L in children undergoing surgical repair of an atrial septal defect,ventricular septal defect or an atrioventricular septal defect.
Name: Intravenous L-Citrulline
Name: Placebo of Intravenous L-Citrulline
Description: Citrulline Blood Levels : 1. Baseline sample in OR prior to Cardiopulmonary Bypass prior to admistration of first bolus of Citrulline or Placebo 2. Immediately after Bolus 1 administered in Operating Room. 3. 30 minutes after separation from Cardiopulmonary Bypass; immediately prior to administration of Bolus 2 and start of continuous infusion of Citrulline or Placebo. 4. Six hours after after start of infusion. 5. 12 hours after start of infusion. 6. 24 hours after start of infusion. 7. 48 hours after start of infusion; or whenever infususion is discontinued if prior to 48 hours.Measure: To determine if L-citrulline given perioperatively achieves a plasma citrulline level of > 100 umol/L in children undergoing surgical repair of an atrial septal defect, a ventricular septal defect or an atrioventricular septal defect. Time: Measured in seven blood sample time points from the beginning of surgery until end of IV Citrulline Infusion; at either 48 hours postoperatively or at extubation, whichever comes first.
Description: Age specific mean aterial blood pressrue limits compared between the citrulline and placebo groups will be used to determine significant hypotension.Measure: The incidence of clinically significant hypotension. Time: Mean Arterial Blood pressure as continuously monitored postoperatively in the PCCU during Citrulline or Placebo infusion.
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Finally, a genetic single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the rate limiting urea cycle enzyme (carbamyl phosphate synthetase I [CPSl T1405N]) appeared to affect postoperative plasma arginine levels and PVT. --- T1405N ---