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Trial of Terbutaline for the Treatment of Status Asthmaticus in Children

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: July 29, 2005
Last Update Posted: February 15, 2013
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christopher Carroll, MD, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Although widely used for the treatment of pediatric status asthmaticus, intravenous terbutaline has potentially significant side effects; may not improve outcomes; and may increase Intensive Care Unit (ICU) length of stay. This study is designed to test the efficacy of intravenous terbutaline for the treatment of status asthmaticus by adding intravenous terbutaline or placebo to standard asthma treatment. The dose of terbutaline or placebo will be titrated according to severity of illness as quantified by a validated clinical asthma score. Differences in outcomes between the study groups, such as length of stay, hospital costs, and lung function will be compared.

Condition Intervention Phase
Status Asthmaticus Drug: terbutaline Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Double-blinded Randomized Trial of Terbutaline to Shorten ICU Length of Stay in the Treatment of Status Asthmaticus in Children

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Further study details as provided by Christopher Carroll, MD, Connecticut Children's Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • ICU length of stay

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To evaluate the effects of intravenous terbutaline on pulmonary mechanics over length of ICU admission
  • To prospectively analyze the side effects of terbutaline

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: October 2003
Study Completion Date: October 2006
Primary Completion Date: October 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Admission to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC) Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with a primary admission diagnosis of status asthmaticus
  • Modified Pulmonary Index Score (MPIS) of greater than or equal to 12
  • Age between birth and 18 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pre-existing cardiac or pulmonary disease
  • Existing respiratory failure (requiring invasive or non-invasive mechanical ventilation)
  • Hemodynamic or cardiovascular instability requiring inotropic support
  • The patient meets one of the criteria for withdrawal from the study due to patient safety concerns
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00124995

United States, Connecticut
CT Children's Medical Center
Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 06106
Sponsors and Collaborators
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Christopher Carroll, MD CT Children's Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Christopher Carroll, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00124995     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05-001
First Submitted: July 27, 2005
First Posted: July 29, 2005
Last Update Posted: February 15, 2013
Last Verified: February 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Status Asthmaticus
Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases
Bronchodilator Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Respiratory System Agents
Tocolytic Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Adrenergic beta-2 Receptor Agonists
Adrenergic beta-Agonists
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action