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Phase II Pilot Study of Early Cortisol Replacement to Prevent Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

This study has been completed.
Penn State University
Information provided by:
Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) Identifier:
First received: February 24, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: December 2001

OBJECTIVES: I. Estimate the efficacy of cortisol replacement therapy during the first 12 days of life for prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

II. Estimate the effect of cortisol replacement therapy on the signs of acute adrenal insufficiency.

III. Evaluate the effects of cortisol replacement therapy on adrenal hormone concentrations and on the ability of the adrenal gland to respond to ACTH.

IV. Determine the effect of this replacement therapy on markers of inflammation in lung lavage fluid and peripheral blood leukocytes.

Condition Intervention Phase
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Drug: hydrocortisone Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Prevention

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Further study details as provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: June 1996
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study. Hydrocortisone therapy IV or placebo begins no later than 48 hours after birth and continues every 12 hours for 12 days. Hydrocortisone is given at 2-4 times the basal cortisol secretion rate.

Tracheal lavage on intubated babies is performed at start of study and on day 4 of life to assess concentrations of inflammatory markers.

If larger babies show appropriate response to ACTH by 15-17 days and the less mature babies show a decreased response, then a longer course of therapy is proposed for future studies.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 1 Year   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


--Disease Characteristics--

  • At risk for development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia

--Patient Characteristics--

  • Hematopoietic: No congenital sepsis
  • Hepatic: No structural defect of liver
  • Renal: No agenesis or structural defect of a kidney
  • Cardiovascular: No structural defect of the heart
  • Metabolic: No diabetic mothers (e.g., preexisting insulin dependent, noninsulin dependent, and gestational diabetes)
  • Pulmonary: No structural defect of the lung
  • Other: Newborn birth weight must be 500 to 999 g and have endotracheal tubes in place at 12 hours of age Eligible if treatment can be given before 48 hours of postnatal life No major congenital anomaly causing significant defect in major organ system
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004669

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Penn State University
Study Chair: Kristi L. Watterberg Penn State University
  More Information Identifier: NCT00004669     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/12016
Study First Received: February 24, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005

Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
bronchopulmonary dysplasia
cardiovascular and respiratory diseases
neonatal disorders
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury
Lung Injury
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Infant, Premature, Diseases
Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Hydrocortisone 17-butyrate 21-propionate
Cortisol succinate
Hydrocortisone acetate
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