Lung Ultrasound to Diagnose Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn (TTN) Versus Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) in Neonates

NCT ID: NCT01517958

The Use of Lung Ultrasound to Diagnose RDS vs. TTN in Neonates Greater Than or Equal to 28 Weeks Gestation
The investigators hypothesize that ultrasonography of the newborn lung can be used as an effective diagnostic tool in neonates ≥ 28 weeks gestation with early symptoms of respiratory distress.
Respiratory distress is a common reason for admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for both preterm and full term newborns. TTN and RDS are the two most common diagnoses associated with respiratory distress. Due to their similar clinical presentations, it is often difficult to differentiate the two diseases clinically. Currently chest radiography is used to differentiate between TTN and RDS, however, radiographic findings are not always definitively diagnostic. In preliminary studies, lung ultrasonography has been shown to be a useful tool in diagnosing both TTN and RDS. However, no one has looked at the use of lung ultrasonography in differentiating TTN from RDS in the neonatal population. We propose to do so in this study. Patients will be enrolled from neonatal admissions to the NICU with respiratory distress. Lung ultrasound will be performed on all enrolled subjects, looking for specific findings suggestive of either TTN or RDS. Data will be collected on gestational age, physical exam findings and level of respiratory support. Diagnoses will be recorded based on ultrasound findings. Accuracy of lung ultrasound diagnosis will be compared to that using radiographic chest radiography findings to evaluate if lung ultrasound is equivalent, or better than chest radiography in order to diagnose TTN versus RDS in this patient population.
Transient Tachypnea of the Newborn, TTN, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, RDS
Transient tachypnea of the newborn, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Lung Ultrasound, Neonates
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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23 Mar 2016
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