CO2 Inhalation as a New Treatment Modality for Apnea of Prematurity

2014-08-27 03:16:00 | BioPortfolio


The objective of the present proposed study is to discover whether, in the nursery setting, administration of low concentration inhaled CO2 (0.8%) for a prolonged period (3 days) can make breathing more regular with less apneic time than that observed with administration of theophylline. The hypothesis to be tested is that inhalation of low concentration CO2 (0.8%) will reduce apnea more effectively and will have fewer adverse side effects than theophylline.


1. To discover whether, in the nursery setting, continuous administration of a low concentration of inhaled CO2 (0.8%) for a prolonged period (3 days) can make breathing in preterm infants more regular with less apneic time than that observed with theophylline.

2. To discover whether inhalation of low CO2 decreases apneas, particularly prolonged apneas (>20 seconds), more effectively than theophylline.

3. To discover whether short term (during hospitalization) and long term (2 years) adverse side effects are less pronounced with CO2 than with theophylline.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Apnea of Prematurity


CO2 inhalation, Theophylline


St Boniface General Hospital
R2H 2A6




University of Manitoba

Results (where available)

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