Fetal Haemoglobin and Cerebral and Peripheral Oxygenation. (HbFIN)

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    Recruiting
  • participants needed
    50
  • sponsor
    Medical University of Graz
Updated on 8 August 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers

Summary

The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between cerebral and peripheral oxygenation and oxygen extraction, as measured by NIRS (near-infrared spectroscopy ), and the FHbF (fraction of fetal hemoglobin) and absolute HbF (fetal hemoglobin) concentration in postnatal conditions in term and preterm neonates.

Description

During gestation the main fetal oxygen carrier is fetal hemoglobin (HbF). HbF exhibits a significantly higher affinity for oxygen when compared to adult hemoglobin (HbA), which makes it more suitable for oxygen extraction at the lower partial oxygen pressures in utero. Although the regulation of HbF expression is determined developmentally, recent studies report a respectable variation in the fraction of HbF in neonates.

Such data suggest that the differences in HbF expression could affect end-tissue oxygenation in neonates.

The methodology for measuring oxygen saturation and extraction in cerebral and peripheral tissues of neonates using the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has been well practiced in our study group. However, the method has not yet been used to investigate whether the fraction of fetal hemoglobin (FHbF) plays a significant role in cerebral and peripheral oxygenation in neonates.

The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between cerebral and peripheral oxygenation and oxygen extraction, as measured by NIRS, and the FHbF and absolute HbF concentration in postnatal conditions in term and preterm neonates.

Details
Condition Preterm Birth, Oxygen Toxicity, Fetal Hemoglobin
Treatment Near-infrared spectroscopy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04802629
SponsorMedical University of Graz
Last Modified on8 August 2022

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