Last updated on September 2018

Topiramate in Neonates Receiving Whole Body Cooling for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy


Brief description of study

The goal is to see whether topiramate (an anti-epileptic agent) improves the outcome of babies with neonatal hypoxic encephalopathy who are receiving whole body cooling.

Detailed Study Description

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a devastating and unexpected disease in newborns that affects 1.5-2.6 per 1000 live births. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy has a mortality rate of up to 30% and survivors are at significant risk for adverse long-term outcomes, including seizures, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay. The investigators propose a randomized controlled study comparing therapeutic hypothermia alone, or therapeutic hypothermia combined with topiramate. The investigators hypothesize that adjuvant therapy with topiramate will reduce short term severity of HIE including seizures (the primary outcome), a composite HIE severity score, and reduce the time of normalization of the amplitude integrated EEG (aEEG). The investigators further hypothesize, that it will improve longer term outcomes such as developmental outcome. The primary hypothesis is that seizures before hospital discharge (or before 4 weeks post-natal age (which ever is earlier)) will be significantly reduced in the topiramate group compared to the control group

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT01765218

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