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Randomised controlled double blind study of role of recombinant erythropoietin in the prevention of chronic lung disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9175950     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To evaluate the role of recombinant human erythropoietin (R-HuEpo) in reducing iron infusion, which may exacerbate free radical damage, leading to chronic lung disease. METHODS: A multicentre, randomised, placebo controlled, double blind study was carried out in four neonatal intensive care units in Yorkshire. Infants were randomly allocated and received either R-HuEpo (480 U/kg/wk) or placebo by twice weekly subcutaneous injection. The primary outcome measure was the number of days on respiratory support and a secondary outcome the number of blood transfusions required. RESULTS: Forty two very low birthweight (VLBW) infants were randomly allocated. There was little difference in the need for respiratory support one month after randomisation, but subsequently there was a trend towards a reduction in the proportion requiring respiratory support in the R-HuEpo group (difference at three months -0.50, 95% confidence interval -1.00, 0.17). During stay in hospital, the median number of blood transfusions was lower for infants in the R-HuEpo group (difference in medians -2, 95% CI -4, 0). The study was stopped early because of failure to recruit babies at the expected rate. CONCLUSIONS: R-HuEpo seems to reduce the number of days in oxygen for ill VLBW infants. These data could be used to construct a larger multicentre study to evaluate this effect further.
G Griffiths; R Lall; S Chatfield; A Short; P Mackay; P Williamson; J Brown; M I Levene
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition     Volume:  76     ISSN:  1359-2998     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child. Fetal Neonatal Ed.     Publication Date:  1997 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-06-26     Completed Date:  1997-06-26     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9501297     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  F190-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Paediatrics, Leeds General Infirmary.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Transfusion*
Chronic Disease
Double-Blind Method
Erythropoietin, Recombinant / therapeutic use*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Infant, Premature, Diseases / prevention & control*
Infant, Very Low Birth Weight
Iron / administration & dosage*,  adverse effects
Lung Diseases / prevention & control*
Oxygen Inhalation Therapy
Respiration, Artificial
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Erythropoietin, Recombinant; 7439-89-6/Iron

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