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Dexamethasone ENT doses

Although we have a great group of ENT surgeons at my hospital, we do have one bone of contention; at least, there is just one bone left since they have agreed that you cannot diagnose reflux by performing a laryngoscopy! … Continue reading

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Antenatal steroids : good, bad, or both?

Antenatal steroids prior to very preterm birth save lives. Antenatal steroids prior to planned late preterm delivery reduce respiratory distress and increase hypoglycaemia. Might there be other long-term effects on brain structure? There are now some animal models which suggest … Continue reading

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What to do about early postnatal steroids?

Steroid metabolism in the very immature infant is… immature. Adrenal function is still developing in the fetus between 20 and 26 weeks, and a source of precursors from the placenta is important, but obviously disappears at delivery. Very preterm babies … Continue reading

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Putting steroids in the lungs? Still unclear if it is safe or effective.

Systematic reviews, and meta-analyses should help us make a clinical decision, by accumulating all the evidence, determining its quality, and synthesizing impacts, we can then decide which therapeutic option to pursue. This latest review answers the following question “should I … Continue reading

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Death or oxygen, which is worse?

We have a big problem in neonatal research. We have constructed composite outcomes that have become the “standard of design”, but are not of much use for anyone. Because we are, rightly, concerned that death and other diagnoses may be … Continue reading

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PAS 2018 No2: let’s STOP-BPD

The STOP-BPD trial was a multicenter trial from Holland, (registered as NTR2768) over 180 babies were randomized to each arm of this trial, they were <30 weeks or less than 1250 g at birth, and were still ventilated at 2 … Continue reading

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Inhaled Steroids to Prevent BPD? Think again… again!

The NEUROSIS trial that I discussed in my previous post has, among other published trials, most in common with the trial by Nakamura published in 2016. Nakamura T, et al. Early inhaled steroid use in extremely low birthweight infants: a … Continue reading

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Inhaled steroids to prevent BPD? Think again…

The NEUROSIS trial was a high quality trial of inhaled budesonide started before 12 hours in extremely preterm infants (23 to <28 weeks gestation) receiving positive pressure respiratory support. The primary outcome of the trial was survival without needing oxygen … Continue reading

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Short courses of Steroids are hazardous… even for adults!

There were a number of things that surprised me in this study. the first was how many adults get short courses of oral steroids in the USA (and for all I know in other countries too). Waljee AK, et al. … Continue reading

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Early low dose hydrocortisone seems to not affect medium term development; PREMILOC outcomes at 22 months.

The PREMILOC trial was a multi-center RCT of hydrocortisone, 0.5mg/kg twice per day for 7 days followed by 0.5 mg/kg per day for 3 days, given starting within 24 hours of age to infants of 24 to less than 28 … Continue reading

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