Erythropoietin for the Repair of Cerebral Injury in Very Preterm Infants (EpoRepair).

Rüegger, Christoph M; Hagmann, Cornelia F; Bührer, Christoph; Held, Leonhard; Bucher, Hans Ulrich; Wellmann, Sven; Gerull, Roland; Nelle, Mathias (2015). Erythropoietin for the Repair of Cerebral Injury in Very Preterm Infants (EpoRepair). Neonatology, 108(3), pp. 198-204. Karger 10.1159/000437248

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BACKGROUND Preterm infants suffering from intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental impairment. Observational data suggest that recombinant human erythropoietin (rEPO) improves long-term cognitive outcome in infants with IVH. Recent studies revealed a beneficial effect of early high-dose rEPO on white matter development in preterm infants determined by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). OBJECTIVES To summarize the current evidence and to delineate the study protocol of the EpoRepair trial (Erythropoietin for the Repair of Cerebral Injury in Very Preterm Infants). METHODS The study involves a review of the literature and the design of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial of repetitive high-dose rEPO administration, enrolling 120 very preterm infants with moderate-to-severe IVH diagnosed by cranial ultrasound in the first days of life, qualitative and quantitative MRI at term-equivalent age and long-term neurodevelopmental follow-up until 5 years of age. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS The hypothesis generated by observational data that rEPO may improve long-term cognitive outcomes of preterm infants suffering from IVH are to be confirmed or refuted by the randomized controlled trial, EpoRepair.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Gerull, Roland and Nelle, Mathias

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1661-7800

Publisher:

Karger

Language:

English

Submitter:

André Schaller

Date Deposited:

08 Apr 2016 09:49

Last Modified:

08 Apr 2016 09:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1159/000437248

PubMed ID:

26278911

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.79343

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/79343

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