Early Treatment Prevents Premature Baby Problem With Breathing

National Institute Health, Aug 21, 2006

Two large multi-center studies supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute found that inhaled nitric oxide or "N-O" helps prevent chronic lung disease in premature infants and, if used within 48 hours after birth, might also prevent brain injury in these tiny newborns.

Thornton: Two large multi-center studies supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute found that inhaled nitric oxide or "N-O" helps prevent chronic lung disease in premature infants and, if used within 48 hours after birth, might also prevent brain injury in these tiny newborns. Dr. Mary Anne Berberich, Scientific Research Group Leader in the Developmental Biology of the Lung and Pediatric Lung Diseases at the NHLBI talked about some of the findings.

Berberich: The study was really looking for the efficacy of using NO treatment to decrease the risk of developing BPD and decrease the risk of death. So the end point was survival without BPD at 36 weeks post menstrual age.

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