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Vol. 102, No. 4, 2012
Issue release date: November 2012
A Cochrane Review Update -- free access
Neonatology 2012;102:251–253
(DOI:10.1159/000338552)

Inhaled Nitric Oxide for Respiratory Failure in Preterm Infants

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Background: Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) is effective in term infants with hypoxic respiratory failure. The pathophysiology of respiratory failure and the potential risks of iNO differ substantially in preterm infants, necessitating study in this population. Objectives: To determine the effect of treatment with iNO on death, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), and neurodevelopmental disability in preterm newborn infants with respiratory disease. Search Methods: Standard methods of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group were used. MEDLINE, EMBASE, Healthstar and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (The Cochrane Library) were searched covering the years from 1985 to 2010. In addition, the abstracts of the Pediatric Academic Societies were also searched. Selection Criteria: Randomized and quasi-randomized studies in preterm infants with respiratory disease that compared the effects of iNO gas to control, with or without placebo were eligible. Data Collection and Analysis: Standard methods of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group were used. Main Results: Fourteen randomized controlled trials of iNO therapy in preterm infants were found. The trials have been grouped post hoc into three categories depending on entry criteria: entry in the first 3 days of life based on oxygenation criteria, routine use in preterm babies with pulmonary disease, and later enrolment based on an increased risk of BPD. No overall analyses were performed. Nine trials of early rescue treatment of infants based on oxygenation criteria demonstrated no significant effect of iNO on mortality or BPD. Three studies with routine use of iNO in infants with pulmonary disease also demonstrated no significant reduction in death or BPD [typical RR 0.93 (95% CI 0.86–1.01)] although this small effect approached significance. Later treatment with iNO based on the risk of BPD (two trials) demonstrated no significant benefit for this outcome in analyses which are possible using summary data. There is no clear effect of iNO on the frequency of all grades of IVH or of severe IVH. Early rescue treatment was associated with a non-significant 20% increase in severe IVH. No effect on the incidence of neurodevelopmental impairment was found.

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Published online: August 15, 2012
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Neonatology (Fetal and Neonatal Research)

Vol. 102, No. 4, Year 2012 (Cover Date: November 2012)

Journal Editor: Halliday H.L. (Belfast), Speer C.P. (Würzburg)
ISSN: 1661-7800 (Print), eISSN: 1661-7819 (Online)

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Published online: August 15, 2012
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Neonatology (Fetal and Neonatal Research)

Vol. 102, No. 4, Year 2012 (Cover Date: November 2012)

Journal Editor: Halliday H.L. (Belfast), Speer C.P. (Würzburg)
ISSN: 1661-7800 (Print), eISSN: 1661-7819 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NEO


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Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher or, in the case of photocopying, direct payment of a specified fee to the Copyright Clearance Center.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in goverment regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.