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    ABSTRACT: To determine whether elevation of a biological marker of inflammation would be a better predictor of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) development than lung function measurement results. Prospective study. Tertiary neonatal intensive care unit. 78 prematurely born infants (median gestational age 29 (range 24-32) weeks) were studied; 39 developed BPD. BPD was diagnosed as oxygen dependence at 28 days. Levels of a biological marker of inflammation (carbon monoxide) were assessed by measurement of end-tidal carbon monoxide (ETCO) and lung function by measurement of functional residual capacity (FRC) and compliance (Crs) and resistance (Rrs) of the respiratory system on days 3 and 14 after birth. Possible predictive factors were modelled for BPD and for BPD severity. Gestational age, birth weight, ETCO, FRC and Crs results on days 3 and 14 differed significantly between infants who did and did not develop BPD. In multifactorial logistic regression, only birth weight and ETCO results (on day 14) remained significant predictors of BPD with an area under the curve of 0.97. The final multifactorial model for the severity of BPD included those two factors, plus septic episodes. These results emphasise the importance of ongoing inflammation in the development of BPD; ETCO levels, rather than lung function test results, were the more accurate predictor of BPD development.
    Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition 02/2011; 96(6):F410-6. · 3.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is associated with an early inflammatory response that persists after the first week of life. Inflammatory mediators can induce hemoxygenase-1 with a consequent increase in carbon monoxide (CO) production. End-tidal CO (ETCO) levels would be elevated in infants developing BPD. Serial measurements of ETCO levels were attempted on d 3, 5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 in 50 prematurely born infants (median gestational age 29 wk). Fourteen infants developed BPD [oxygen dependent beyond 36 wk post-menstrual age (PMA)] and had higher ETCO levels compared with the rest of the cohort on d 7, 14, 21, and 28. On d 14, the mean (SD) ETCO levels of the BPD group were 3.19 (1.11) ppm and 1.43 (0.61) ppm in the non-BPD group (p<0.001). An ETCO level on d 14>2.15 ppm had a sensitivity of 80% and specificity of 92% in predicting oxygen dependency at 36 wk PMA. Measurement of ETCO levels in prematurely born infants may be useful in the prediction of BPD.
    Pediatric Research 05/2007; 61(4):474-8. · 2.67 Impact Factor