Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine
Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, MD, FRCOG, Joachim W.
Editorial Board Member: / Bancalari, Eduardo / Greenough, Anne / Genc, Mehmet R. / Chervenak, Frank A. / Chappelle, Joseph / Bergmann, Renate L. / Bernardes, J.F. / Bevilacqua, G. / Blickstein, Isaac / Cabero Roura, Luis / Carbonell-Estrany, Xavier / Carrera, Jose M. / D`Addario, Vincenzo / D'Alton, MD, Mary E. / Dimitrou, G. / Grunebaum, Amos / Hentschel, Roland / Köpcke, W. / Kawabata, Ichiro / Keirse, Marc J.N.C. / Kurjak M.D., Asim / Lee, Ben H. / Levene, Malcolm / Lockwood, Charles J. / Marsal, Karel / Makatsariya, Alexander / Nishida, Hiroshi / Papp, Zoltán / Pejaver, Ranjan Kumar / Pooh, Ritsuko K. / Romero, Roberto / Saugstad, Ola D. / Schenker, Joseph G. / Sen, Cihat / Seri, Istvan / Vetter, Klaus / Winn, Hung N. / Young, Bruce K. / Zimmermann, Roland
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Effect of Phenobarbital on free radicals in neonates with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy – a randomized controlled trial
Background: Phenobarbital is one of the oldest, cheapest and easily available cerebroprotective drugs for the hypoxic brain. However, its potential and various actions have not been fully explored.
Aim: To evaluate the effects of Phenobarbital on levels of oxidants and anti-oxidants in term and near term neonates with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
Methods: Design–randomized controlled trial. Setting–tertiary care referral perinatal centre. Procedure–asphyxiated neonates (gestation ≥34 weeks) with HIE were randomized to receive Phenobarbital 20 mg/kg IV within first six hours of life or to control group. CSF levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and blood levels of vitamins A and E were estimated at 10–12 hours of age.
Results: CSF levels of MDA, SOD, GPx and blood levels of vitamins A and E were significantly lower in the Phenobarbital group (p<0.001). There was a trend towards lower levels of CSF MDA, SOD, GPx and blood vitamins A and E in babies with normal outcome as compared to babies with adverse outcome (death or neurologically abnormal at discharge).
Conclusion: Phenobarbital in the dose of 20 mg/kg IV given within 6 hours of life in term and near-term neonates with HIE, was associated with a decrease in lipid peroxides, anti-oxidant enzymes and anti-oxidant vitamins.
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