Palivizumab Following Extremely Premature Birth Does Not Affect Pulmonary Outcomes in Adolescence

Nofar Amitai, Patrick Stafler, Hannah Blau, Eytan Kaplan, Huda Mussaffi, Hagit Levine, Guy Steuer, Ephraim Bar-Yishay, Gil Klinger, Meir Mei-Zahav, Dario Prais

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Abstract

Background: Prematurity is a risk factor for impaired lung function. We sought to assess the long-term effect of palivizumab immunization and extreme prematurity (<29 weeks gestation) on respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function in adolescence. RESEARCH QUESTION: What is the long-term effect of palivizumab immunization and extreme prematurity (<29 weeks) on respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function in adolescence? Study Design and Methods: We examined survivors of extreme prematurity (<29 weeks gestation) at 13 to 18 years of age (study group). Study group babies who were born immediately before palivizumab immunization (nonpalivizumab group [NPG]) were compared with those babies who were born just after implementation (PG) and with a control group. For study group patients, lung function in adolescence was further compared longitudinally with that at primary school age. Results: Sixty-four adolescents aged 15.76 ± 1.52 years were included: 46 in the study group (17 PG and 29 NPG) and 18 in the control group. For the study group, wheezing episodes, inhaler use, and hospitalizations were uncommon. For the study group compared with the control group, FEV1 percent predicted was 82.60% ± 13.54% vs 105.83% ± 13.12% (P < .001), and the lung clearance index was 7.67 ± 1.02 vs 7.46 ± 0.70 (P = .48), respectively. Study group adolescents with bronchopulmonary dysplasia had a higher lung clearance index than did adolescents with no bronchopulmonary dysplasia (7.94 ± 1.11 vs 7.20 ± 0.60; P = .002). PG and NPG adolescents were not significantly different. Comparing the study group in adolescence with primary school age, we found improvement in mean FEV1 percent predicted bronchodilator response (0.37% ± 9.98% vs 5.67% ± 9.87%; P = .036) and mean provocative concentration causing 20% decline in FEV1 (12.16 ± 4.71 mg/mL vs 4.14 ± 4.51 mg/mL, respectively; P < .001). Interpretation: Palivizumab did not provide any discernable long-term protective effect. Nevertheless, adolescent survivors of extreme prematurity showed good clinical and physiologic outcomes, except for mildly raised lung clearance index in patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Airway hyperreactivity detected at primary school age, decreased by adolescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660-669
Number of pages10
JournalChest
Volume158
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • lung clearance index
  • prematurity
  • pulmonary function
  • respiratory syncytial virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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