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Inhaled Hypertonic Saline in Infants and Children Younger Than 6 Years With Cystic Fibrosis:  The ISIS Randomized Controlled Trial FREE

Margaret Rosenfeld, MD, MPH; Felix Ratjen, MD, PhD; Lyndia Brumback, PhD; Stephen Daniel, PhD; Ron Rowbotham, MS; Sharon McNamara, MN; Robin Johnson, RRT; Richard Kronmal, PhD; Stephanie D. Davis, MD; for the ISIS Study Group
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Author Affiliations: Division of Pulmonary Medicine (Dr Rosenfeld and Ms McNamara) and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network Coordinating Center (Mr Rowbotham), Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, Washington; Departments of Pediatrics (Dr Rosenfeld) and Biostatistics (Drs Brumback, Daniel, and Kronmal), University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle; Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Dr Ratjen); and Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ms Johnson and Dr Davis). Dr Davis is currently affiliated with the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.


JAMA. 2012;307(21):2269-2277. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.5214.
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Context Inhaled hypertonic saline is recommended as therapy for patients 6 years or older with cystic fibrosis (CF), but its efficacy has never been evaluated in patients younger than 6 years with CF.

Objective To determine if hypertonic saline reduces the rate of protocol-defined pulmonary exacerbations in patients younger than 6 years with CF.

Design, Setting, and Participants The Infant Study of Inhaled Saline in Cystic Fibrosis (ISIS), a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial conducted from April 2009 to October 2011 at 30 CF care centers in the United States and Canada. Participants were aged 4 to 60 months and had an established diagnosis of CF. A total of 344 patients were assessed for eligibility; 321 participants were randomized; 29 (9%) withdrew prematurely.

Intervention The active treatment group (n = 158) received 7% hypertonic saline and the control group (n = 163) received 0.9% isotonic saline, nebulized twice daily for 48 weeks. Both groups received albuterol or levalbuterol prior to each study drug dose.

Main Outcome Measures Rate during the 48-week treatment period of protocol-defined pulmonary exacerbations treated with oral, inhaled, or intravenous antibiotics.

Results The mean pulmonary exacerbation rate (events per person-year) was 2.3 (95% CI, 2.0-2.5) in the active treatment group and 2.3 (95% CI, 2.1-2.6) in the control group; the adjusted rate ratio was 0.98 (95% CI, 0.84-1.15). Among participants with pulmonary exacerbations, the mean number of total antibiotic treatment days for a pulmonary exacerbation was 60 (95% CI, 49-70) in the active treatment group and 52 (95% CI, 43-61) in the control group. There was no significant difference in secondary end points including height, weight, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, cough, or respiratory symptom scores. Infant pulmonary function testing performed as an exploratory outcome in a subgroup (n = 73, with acceptable measurements at 2 visits in 45 participants) did not demonstrate significant differences between groups except for the mean change in forced expiratory volume in 0.5 seconds, which was 38 mL (95% CI, 1-76) greater in the active treatment group. Adherence determined by returned study drug ampoules was at least 75% in each group. Adverse event profiles were also similar, with the most common adverse event of moderate or severe severity in each group being cough (39% of active treatment group, 38% of control group).

Conclusion Among infants and children younger than 6 years with cystic fibrosis, the use of inhaled hypertonic saline compared with isotonic saline did not reduce the rate of pulmonary exacerbations over the course of 48 weeks of treatment.

Trial Registration clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT00709280

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The hallmark features of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease include airway infection, inflammation, obstruction, and structural lung damage. These abnormalities begin in infancy, often prior to the onset of symptoms, and progress over the first years of life.14 Thus, early initiation of effective chronic therapies, an opportunity afforded by newborn screening, could potentially delay or prevent progression of CF lung disease. There are no clinical trials of chronic nonantibiotic maintenance pulmonary therapies in infants and preschool-aged children with CF, even though this is the population with the greatest potential for long-term benefit.

Dysfunctional ion transport leads to reduced airway surface liquid volume in CF and reduction in mucociliary clearance.5 Retained mucus serves as a nidus for chronic infection and exaggerated, sustained neutrophilic inflammation, resulting in progressive airway obstruction and bronchiectasis.6 Hypertonic saline has been demonstrated to increase airway surface liquid in bronchial epithelial cells in vitro and to improve defective mucociliary clearance in patients with CF.7,8

A clinical trial in older children and adults with CF demonstrated modest effects on lung function and a significant decrease in pulmonary exacerbations,9 resulting in widespread use of this therapy in patients older than 6 years. Given its mechanism of action, hypertonic saline is an attractive agent for early interventions. Although 3 short-term safety studies of 7% hypertonic saline have been conducted in patients younger than 6 years with CF,1012 its efficacy and long-term safety in this population have not been evaluated. Given that hypertonic saline use increased from 6% to 19% among US children with CF aged 2 to 5 years during the enrollment period (2007-2010),13 there was a window of opportunity to conduct a clinical trial before use of hypertonic saline became widespread in this age range.

We conducted a randomized controlled trial of 7% hypertonic saline use among children younger than 6 years with CF, to our knowledge the first multicenter clinical trial of a nonantimicrobial chronic CF therapy in this age range. We hypothesized that hypertonic saline would decrease the rate of pulmonary exacerbations and be safe in young children with CF.

Overview

The Infant Study of Inhaled Saline in Cystic Fibrosis (ISIS) was a 30-center, randomized, parallel-group, double-blind, controlled trial of 7% hypertonic saline (active drug) vs 0.9% isotonic saline (control agent) inhaled twice daily for 48 weeks among children with an established diagnosis of CF and aged 4 to 60 months at enrollment. The trial was monitored by a data and safety monitoring board established by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Institutional review board approval and written informed consent from parents or guardians were obtained at each participating center. Participant inclusion and exclusion eligibility criteria are detailed in the eMethods. The upper age limit of 60 months was chosen because previous clinical trials of hypertonic saline have enrolled children 6 years or older.9

Randomization, Blinding, and Treatment Regimen

Participants were randomized 1:1 to receive 7% hypertonic saline vs 0.9% isotonic saline, based on random permuted blocks stratified by age (4 to 29 months, 30 to 60 months) and site, via a secure website. Participants, their families, clinicians, and research personnel were blinded to treatment assignment. Seven-percent hypertonic saline (Hyper-Sal; PARI Respiratory Equipment) and 0.9% isotonic saline were supplied by Catalent Pharma Solutions as identically packaged 4-mL blow-fill-seal plastic ampoules. Each participant was supplied with a Proneb Ultra compressor with a Sprint Jr nebulizer equipped with a Baby face mask or mouthpiece (PARI Respiratory Equipment). Further details of hypertonic saline administration and other therapies are reported in the eMethods.

Clinical Evaluations

Study visits occurred at enrollment/randomization and 4, 12, 24, 36, and 48 weeks after randomization. At the enrollment visit, after pretreatment with albuterol or levalbuterol, all participants were evaluated for intolerance to a test dose of 7% hypertonic saline according to predefined criteria10 (eMethods). Participants who tolerated the test dose were randomized.

At the enrollment visit, medical history and demographic characteristics were recorded. Race/ethnicity information was obtained from parents or guardians according to predefined categories. This information was obtained to assess the representativeness of the study cohort relative to the general US population of patients with CF. At all visits, a physical examination was performed and information was recorded on interim history (including respiratory culture results), medications (including courses of antibiotics), cough score, adverse events, and interim hospitalizations. Families also were contacted 2 weeks after enrollment and then quarterly between subsequent study visits to assess tolerability and adverse events. Parents or guardians completed a parent questionnaire weekly and the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire–Revised (CFQ-R)14 and the Treatment Adherence Questionnaire14 quarterly. Further details regarding clinical evaluations are reported in the eMethods.

Primary and Secondary Outcomes

The primary outcome was the rate of pulmonary exacerbations (events per person-year), defined as treatment with oral, inhaled, or intravenous antibiotics for 1 or more prespecified signs and symptoms within the period 3 days prior to antibiotic start date through antibiotic stop date (which could include 1 or more antibiotics prescribed for the same pulmonary exacerbation). The prespecified signs and symptoms included (1) oxygen saturation less than 90% on room air or a 5% or greater decline from previous baseline; (2) new lobar infiltrate(s) or atelectasis on chest radiograph; (3) hemoptysis; (4) increased work of breathing or respiratory rate; (5) increased cough; (6) working harder than usual to breathe during physical activity; (7) increased chest congestion or change in sputum; (8) new or increased adventitial sounds on lung examination; and (9) weight loss of 5% or more of body weight or decrease across 1 major percentile in weight percentile for age in the past 6 months.

Additional efficacy measures included change in weight, height, resting respiratory rate, room air oxygen saturation, and CFQ-R respiratory domain score14 over the course of the 48-week treatment period and parent report of daytime cough evaluated at the week 48 visit.15 Additional evaluations of pulmonary exacerbations included time to first pulmonary exacerbation as well as number of courses and total number of treatment days with oral, inhaled, and/or intravenous antibiotics for a pulmonary exacerbation or for any indication.

Safety outcomes included the rate of intolerance to the test dose of hypertonic saline at enrollment, adverse events and withdrawal rates, and treatment-emergent respiratory cultures positive for CF pathogens detected through clinical cultures performed at each site's microbiology laboratory. All serious adverse events were reviewed by the medical monitor and the data and safety monitoring board. Adherence to treatment was assessed by (1) the number of used study drug vials returned, (2) the Treatment Adherence Questionnaire14 completed quarterly, and (3) the weekly parent questionnaire.

Infant Pulmonary Function Testing Substudy

In a substudy at selected sites, infant pulmonary function tests were performed as an exploratory end point in participants 4 months or older and younger than 16 months at enrollment. Exclusion criteria are included in the eMethods. This substudy was performed at 15 sites certified to perform research-quality infant lung function testing. Participants underwent pulmonary function testing under sedation a minimum of 1 day and a maximum of 30 days after the enrollment visit and at the 48-week visit. For these participants, randomization was conducted and study drug was dispensed at the pulmonary function test visit rather than at the enrollment visit.

Pulmonary function assessments included functional residual capacity by body plethysmography16,17 and measurements of forced expiratory flows (forced expiratory flow at 75% of vital capacity and mid-maximal forced expiratory flow) and volumes (forced expiratory volume in 0.5 seconds [FEV0.5] and forced vital capacity) by the raised-volume rapid thoracoabdominal compression technique.18 Additional lung volumes (residual volume and total lung capacity) were also calculated.17 Sites transferred all infant pulmonary function data to the Therapeutics Development Network Infant Pulmonary Function Resource Center at the University of North Carolina, which selected acceptable measurements according to published guidelines4,16,18 and provided quality control feedback to sites.

Sample Size Considerations and Statistical Analysis

For the design, we assumed the rate of pulmonary exacerbations in the isotonic saline (control) group would be 2.22 events/y, based on data from a recent large US observational study of children aged 0 to 6 years.29 Using this control rate and an O’Brien-Fleming boundary function19 for early stopping with a .05-level 2-sided hypothesis test, we calculated that a sample size of 150 per group would provide 80% power to detect a rate ratio (hypertonic saline to isotonic saline) less than or equal to 0.80 (or a relative reduction of at least 20%).

The primary outcome, pulmonary exacerbation rate, was compared between groups according to intent-to-treat principles using a Poisson log-linear regression model with the log of observation time as an offset. Observation time was defined as time since randomization to last in-clinic visit or follow-up telephone call. (One participant's observation time was defined to be one-half day, because he or she did not have an in-clinic visit or follow-up telephone call after randomization.) The rate ratio was also analyzed with adjustment for age category and site.

The number of treatment days with oral, inhaled, or intravenous antibiotics was compared using a linear regression model of the log of treatment days for participants with greater than 0 treatment days, and estimates were transformed back to the original scale. The probability of remaining free of a pulmonary exacerbation was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method and the hazard ratio for first pulmonary exacerbation with a proportional hazards regression model. The difference in mean change (week 48 − randomization) in height, weight, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and CFQ-R respiratory domain score was estimated using a linear regression model with and without adjustment for age category, site, and baseline measure. The proportion of parental report of daytime cough at week 48 was estimated using a linear regression model with and without adjustment for age category and site.

Mixed-effects analysis was also used to model repeated measurements of height percentile, weight percentile, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation from all visits. Among participants in the infant pulmonary function substudy, the differences between groups in mean change in lung function indices were evaluated using linear regression, with adjustment for baseline lung function, height, weight, age, and sex. Differences in proportions were evaluated by a normal approximation to the binomial distribution. A 2-sided significance level of P < .05 was used without adjustment for multiple comparisons.

Analyses were conducted by 2 investigators (L.B., R.K.) using R version 2.13.0 at the University of Washington Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center, Seattle.

Participant Flow and Baseline Characteristics

A total of 321 participants were randomized between April 2009 and October 2010 at 30 sites, 158 to the hypertonic saline (active treatment) group and 163 to the isotonic saline (control) group (Figure 1); these individuals comprised the intent-to-treat population. Fifteen participants (9%) withdrew from the hypertonic saline group and 14 (7%) from the isotonic saline group. Mean duration of study participation was 47 (95% CI, 45-48) weeks in the hypertonic saline group and 46 (95% CI, 45-48) weeks in the isotonic saline group. The baseline characteristics of participants were similar in the 2 groups (Table 1). About 60% were younger than 30 months at enrollment.

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Figure 1. Profile of the Infant Study of Inhaled Saline in Cystic Fibrosis (ISIS) Randomized Trial
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CF indicates cystic fibrosis. aOne participant had one-half day of follow-up.

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 1. Baseline Characteristics of Participants by Treatment Group
Pulmonary Exacerbations and Secondary Efficacy End Points

The pulmonary exacerbation rate was 2.3 (95% CI, 2.0-2.5) per person-year among participants randomized to receive hypertonic saline and 2.3 (95% CI, 2.1-2.6) per person-year among participants randomized to receive isotonic saline. The ratio of the mean pulmonary exacerbation rate in the hypertonic saline group compared with the isotonic saline group was 0.97 (95% CI, 0.83-1.13) (Table 2). A Kaplan-Meier plot of time to first pulmonary exacerbation for both groups is shown in Figure 2. The hazard ratio for time to first pulmonary exacerbation in the hypertonic saline group compared with the isotonic saline group was 0.94 (95% CI, 0.74-1.21) (Table 2). Among participants with pulmonary exacerbations, the mean number of total antibiotic treatment days for pulmonary exacerbations was 60 (95% CI, 49-70) in the hypertonic saline group and 52 (95% CI, 43-61) in the isotonic saline group; the median was 41 (interquartile range, 24-71) for the hypertonic saline group and 35 (interquartile range, 21-56) for the isotonic saline group. The ratio of mean total number of antibiotic treatment days for a pulmonary exacerbation in the hypertonic saline group compared with the isotonic saline group was 1.13 (95% CI, 0.91-1.40).

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 2. Comparison of Pulmonary Exacerbation Rates and Related End Points
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Figure 2. Kaplan-Meier Plot of Time to First Exacerbation by Treatment Group
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Of the 659 total pulmonary exacerbations, 636 (96.6%) were treated with oral, 50 (7.6%) with inhaled, and 45 (6.8%) with intravenous antibiotics (not mutually exclusive) ( eTable 1). There was no difference between groups in the rates of pulmonary exacerbations treated by oral, inhaled, or intravenous antibiotics as separate categories or in the number of courses of oral, inhaled, or intravenous antibiotics administered for any indication ( eTable 1). Similarly, the rates of pulmonary exacerbations were similar in the hypertonic saline and isotonic saline groups among participants younger than 30 months and 30 months or older at enrollment ( eTable 1).

Significant differences were not detected between groups in weight, height, respiratory rate, room air oxygen saturation during the study, or the CFQ-R respiratory domain score or parent report of daytime cough at the final study visit (Table 3, eTable 2).

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 3. Summary of Secondary End Points

Consent to participate was obtained for 73 participants in the infant pulmonary function substudy. The baseline lung function measures of the substudy participants were similar in the hypertonic saline and isotonic saline groups (Table 1). Acceptable measurements at the enrollment and final study visit were obtained in 62 participants (85%) for functional residual capacity, 45 (62%) for raised-volume forced expiratory flows and volumes, and 36 (49%) for residual volume. No significant differences between the hypertonic saline and isotonic saline groups were detected in the raw change from baseline to week 48 in any of the pulmonary function measures (Table 4). After adjustment for baseline lung function, sex, age, height, and weight, the mean change in FEV0.5 was 38 mL greater (95% CI, 1-76) in the hypertonic saline group compared with the isotonic saline group (Table 4).

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 4. Summary of Infant Pulmonary Function Measures
Adherence

Mean adherence to study medications was 75.2% (95% CI, 72.2%-78.2%), based on returned study drug vials among 311 participants. Based on the weekly parent questionnaire (available for 309 participants), mean adherence to twice-daily dosing was 91% (95% CI, 89%-93%) and to at least once-daily dosing was 96% (95% CI, 95%-98%). Based on the quarterly treatment adherence questionnaire (available for 312 participants), mean adherence to twice-daily dosing was 88% (95% CI, 85%-90%), to using treatment at least 6 days per week was 86% (95% CI, 83%-89%), and to nebulizing 10 or more minutes per treatment was 89% (95% CI, 86%-92%). Adherence was similar between the 2 groups (eTable 3).

Safety

Of the participants who received the test dose of 7% hypertonic saline at enrollment, 2 were found to be intolerant and were not randomized. Serious adverse events are shown in Table 5. In the hypertonic saline group, there were 56 serious adverse events among 33 participants. In the isotonic saline group, there were 74 events among 43 participants. No significant differences between groups in the proportion of participants with serious adverse events of each category were detected. The most common serious adverse event in both groups was cough or increased cough, occurring in 8% of participants in the hypertonic saline group and 10% of participants in the isotonic saline group.

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 5. Serious Adverse Events by Treatment Group

A significant difference between groups was not detected in the proportion of adverse events of moderate or severe severity occurring in more than 10% of participants in either group ( eTable 4). The most common adverse event of moderate or severe severity was cough (39% of hypertonic saline group, 38% of isotonic saline group). New isolation of bacteria, including Burkholderia cepacia, from respiratory cultures during the study period is presented in the eResults and in eTable 5).

This is to our knowledge the first clinical trial assessing a chronic nonantimicrobial pulmonary therapy in children younger than 6 years with CF. Hypertonic saline did not reduce the rate of pulmonary exacerbations in these young children. In addition, hypertonic saline did not demonstrate any significant effects on secondary end points including weight, height, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, antibiotic use, or parent report of respiratory signs and symptoms.

Previous studies in older children and adults with CF have documented benefits of inhaled hypertonic saline.79,20,21 In a multicenter Australian study in patients older than 6 years, treatment with hypertonic saline did not demonstrate a significant effect on the primary outcome measure, the rate of change of lung function, but was associated with a significant reduction in the rate of pulmonary exacerbations.9 Pulmonary exacerbation rate was chosen as the primary outcome in the current trial because of the important effect observed in the Australian trial of hypertonic saline9 and because pulmonary exacerbations are a clinical end point (affecting how a person feels, functions, or survives22) that have been associated with survival in CF.23,24 The definition of pulmonary exacerbation in the current study differed from that in the Australian study, in which pulmonary exacerbations were defined as treatment with intravenous antibiotics for predefined signs and symptoms or the occurrence of those signs and symptoms independent of treatment. Our definition, similar to that used in 2 prior studies in young patients with CF,25,26 was designed to capture all events in which several days of new respiratory signs or symptoms triggered treatment with oral, inhaled, or intravenous antibiotics, the standard clinical practice for patients in this age range with CF. In the current study, although the majority of pulmonary exacerbations were treated with oral antibiotics, there was no difference between the 2 groups in the rate of exacerbations, even if limited to patients treated with intravenous antibiotics, or in respiratory symptoms. Thus, it is unlikely that the difference in our results is attributable to a different definition of pulmonary exacerbation.

Unlike in older patients, pulmonary exacerbations in infants and young children are frequently triggered by viral infections. It is thus possible that hypertonic saline has less ability to prevent exacerbations in children younger than 6 years than in older patients with CF. Previous studies have demonstrated that viral infections occur at similar rates in infants with and without CF but that the severity and duration of symptoms is increased in those with CF.27 Thus, even if hypertonic saline does not affect the rate of pulmonary exacerbations in young children with CF, it might reduce the severity and duration of symptoms, similar to its observed effect in infants without CF but with bronchiolitis.28 However, the current study provides no evidence that the severity or duration of pulmonary exacerbations was influenced by hypertonic saline, because parent-reported respiratory signs and symptoms and days of antibiotic therapy did not differ between groups.

We estimated the expected pulmonary exacerbation rate based on data from an ongoing US observational study of early CF lung disease, the Early Pseudomonas Infection Control (EPIC) Observational Study.29 The rate of pulmonary exacerbations in the current study (mean, 2.3 events per person-year) was very similar to that observed in the EPIC Observational Study (2.22 per person-year), indicating that our trial was adequately designed to observe the predefined treatment effect. In addition, the participants in the current study had baseline characteristics similar to those of the overall patient population in the US Cystic Fibrosis National Patient Registry in this age range, suggesting that our findings are generalizable to the overall CF population younger than 6 years.

This study was designed to primarily demonstrate an effect on clinically meaningful events rather than on prevention of lung disease progression. Our choice of end points was limited by the fact that validated outcome measures commonly used in older patients are lacking for very young children with CF. It could be argued that an intervention targeting mucociliary clearance in a population with limited clinical lung disease is unlikely to improve any short-term clinical outcome measure and that a more realistic goal would be to slow the progression of structural airway damage or to improve lung function. We conducted a substudy of infant pulmonary function tests as an exploratory end point at selected sites to gain information to adequately power future studies using this end point. Interestingly, the mean change in FEV0.5 during the treatment period was significantly greater in the hypertonic saline group compared with the isotonic saline group. Although these findings may be attributable to chance, they also may reflect improvement in airflow limitation in the hypertonic saline group that was not detectable with our primary or secondary outcome measures. Because of the relatively silent nature of early CF lung disease, sensitive end points are critical.

When the current study was being planned, protocols for chest computed tomography and multiple breath washout for multiple age ranges were not adequately developed, and multicenter experience in infants and young children with these techniques was limited. The availability of appropriate multicenter protocols and networks as well as increased expertise in these techniques suggests that adequately powered trials using physiologic measures as outcomes may be conducted. Future studies of hypertonic saline in young children using these or other end points will allow evaluation of the effects of this treatment on early structural airway damage and lung function, including ventilation inhomogeneity.

In both the current study and the Australian hypertonic saline trial, isotonic saline served as the control agent. It is possible that isotonic saline has a more pronounced effect on mucus hydration in very young patients than in older patients. In addition, participants in both groups received albuterol prior to each dose of study drug. Both of these factors might have limited our ability to detect a difference in outcomes between the 2 groups. That the exacerbation rate in the control group was very similar to the rate in an untreated historical cohort would suggest that there was not an important effect of isotonic saline on the primary end point. However, it is not feasible to perform a true placebo-controlled study of hypertonic saline, because no inhaled agent is completely inert.

Treatment with hypertonic saline was well tolerated, and adherence to therapy was high overall. Chronic inhaled therapy could pose a risk of new acquisition of bacterial pathogens if nebulizers are not properly cleaned and disinfected.30 Because this study did not include an untreated control group, this potential adverse effect of inhalation therapy cannot be excluded. However, the rate of new acquisition of organisms did not differ significantly from that reported in the CF Registry or in the EPIC Observational Study.29 Therefore, while not showing a decrease in pulmonary exacerbation rate, this study supports previous smaller series demonstrating that inhalation of hypertonic saline is safe in infants and young children.

In conclusion, among infants and children younger than 6 years with CF, the use of inhaled hypertonic saline compared with isotonic saline did not reduce the rate of pulmonary exacerbations over the course of 48 weeks of treatment. Further study with physiologic end points is warranted to better understand how this drug may slow progression of structural airway damage or improve lung function in the youngest population.

Corresponding Author: Margaret Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, A5937, Seattle Children's Hospital, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (margaret.rosenfeld@seattlechildrens.org).

Published Online: May 20, 2012. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.5214

Author Contributions: Drs Kronmal and Brumback had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Drs Rosenfeld and Ratjen contributed equally to the manuscript.

Study concept and design: Rosenfeld, Ratjen, Brumback, Kronmal, Davis.

Analysis and interpretation of data: Rosenfeld, Ratjen, Brumback, Kronmal, Davis.

Acquisition of data: Rosenfeld, Ratjen, Brumback, Daniel, Rowbotham, McNamara, Johnson, Kronmal, Davis.

Analysis and interpretation of data: Rosenfeld, Ratjen, Brumback, Stephens, Johnson, Kronmal, Davis.

Drafting of the manuscript: Rosenfeld, Ratjen, Brumback, Daniel, Kronmal, Davis.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Rosenfeld, Ratjen, Brumback, Daniel, Rowbotham, McNamara, Johnson, Kronmal, Davis.

Statistical analysis: Brumback, Kronmal.

Obtained funding: Rosenfeld, Ratjen, Brumback, Kronmal, Davis.

Administrative, technical or material support: Rowbotham, Daniel, McNamara, Johnson.

Study supervision: Rosenfeld, Ratjen, Brumback, Daniel, Rowbotham, McNamara, Johnson, Kronmal, Davis.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest. Dr Rosenfeld reported receiving funding (institutional) from CF Foundation Therapeutics Inc and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serving as a consultant for Vertex Pharmaceuticals and for the North American Scientific Advisory Group of the Epidemiologic Study of CF sponsored by Genentech. Dr Ratjen reported receiving funding (institutional) from CF Foundation Therapeutics Inc, the NIH, CF Canada, the Canadian Institute for Child Health, and Inspire Inc; serving as a consultant for Inspire Inc, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, Bayer, Talecris, CSL Behring, Roche, and Gilead; serving on a speakers board for Genentech; and receiving meeting expenses from Pari Respiratory Equipment. Ms Johnson reported serving as a consultant for nSpire Health. Dr Brumback, Dr Daniel, and Dr Kronmal reported receiving funding (institutional) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and CF Foundation Therapeutics Inc. Dr Davis reported receiving funding (institutional) from CF Foundation Therapeutics Inc and the NIH and serving as a consultant or on the advisory board for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Novartis and Inspire Inc. No other authors reported disclosures.

Funding/Support: This study was jointly funded by the NIH (U01 HL 092931, U01 HL092932, UL1RR025014) and CF Foundation Therapeutics Inc (ISIS07K1), the subsidiary of the not-for-profit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that sponsors research grants and contracts. The University of Washington site was also supported by the Natinal Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH (UL1RR025014). Study drug and placebo were supplied by Pari Respiratory Equipment and Catalent, respectively, which were not otherwise involved in any aspect of the study.

Role of the Sponsors: The NIH and the NIH-appointed Data and Safety Monitoring Board oversaw study conduct and reviewed and approved the manuscript. CF Foundation Therapeutics Inc, Pari, and Catalent had no role in the design or conduct of the study; the collection, management, or interpretation of the data; or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.

ISIS Study Group Members:Data and Safety Monitoring Board: Lynne Quittell, MD (chair) (Columbia University Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York, New York); William R. Clarke, PhD (University of Iowa, Iowa City); Marie E. Egan, MD (Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut); Walter Robinson, MD (Center for Applied Ethics and Professional Practice [CAEPP], Education Development Center Inc, Newton, Massachusetts); Robert S. Tepper, MD, PhD (Indiana University Medical Center, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis); O. Dale Williams, PhD (University of Alabama, Birmingham); Janet Stocks, PhD (Institute of Child Health, University College, London, England). ISIS Site Investigators and Affiliations (*indicates principal investigator; †, research coordinator):CF Center BC Children's Hospital (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada): *George Davidson, MD, FRCPC; †Maggie McIlwaine, MCSP, CPA. CF Center Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Ontario, Canada): *Felix Ratjen, MD, PhD, FRCPC; †Kate Gent, RN BScN, †Nancy McDonald, RN, BScN, MScN, †Renee Jensen, RRT. CFF Affiliate Program Minnesota Children's Hospitals and Clinics (Minneapolis, Minnesota): *John McNamara, MD, †Mahrya Johnson, BA, CCRP, †Lisa Reid, MPH, CCRP. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas): *Peter Hiatt, MD, †Charley Sellers, BBA, RRT, CCRP, †Lisa Traplena, CRT, CPFT. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital/Saint Louis University (St Louis, Missouri): *Gary M. Albers, MD, †Eileen Kabance, RRT, CPFT. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Children's Hospital Colorado (Denver): *Gwendolyn S. Kerby, MD, †Churee Pardee, MSN, RN. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): *Howard Panitch, MD, †Christina Kubrak, RRT-NPS, CCRC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania): *Daniel J. Weiner, MD, †Elizabeth Hartigan, MPH, RN, CRM, †Sandra Hurban, BSN, RNCCRC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (Milwaukee): *Diana Quintero, MD, †Emma Kennedy, CRC, BA. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Children's Memorial Hospital (Chicago, Illinois): *Adrienne Prestridge, MD, †Adelaide Delute, RN, CCRC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio): *Karen M. McDowell, MD, James Acton, MD, †Margo Moore, RN. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland): *Peter Mogayzel Jr, MD, PhD, †Karen A. Callahan, RN, MS, CCRP, †Carolyn Chapman, BA, RN. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio): *Karen McCoy, MD, †Barbara Butera, RN, MS, CNS (RC). CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Phoenix Children's Hospital (Phoenix, Arizona): *Peggy Radford, MD, †Natalia Argel, BSN, RN-BC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Riley Hospital for Children (Indianapolis, Indiana): *Michelle S. Howenstine, MD, †Lisa Bendy, RRT, RPFT, CCRC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Seattle Children's Hospital (Seattle, Washington): *Margaret Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, *Ronald Gibson, MD, PhD, †Sharon McNamara, MN. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program St. Louis Children's Hospital (St Louis, Missouri): *Albert Faro, MD, †Mary Boyle, RN, MSN. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Stanford University (Palo Alto, California): *Carlos Milla, MD, †Jacquelyn Zirbes, DNP, RN, CPNP, CCRC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, New York): *Ran D. Anbar, MD, †Donna M. Lindner, RT, CCRC, †Valoree N. Suttmore, CCRC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of Alabama (Birmingham): *Wynton Hoover, MD, †Ginger Reeves, BS, RRT, CCRC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of Iowa (Iowa City): *Timothy Starner, MD, †Mary Teresi, PharmD, †Jean Frauenholtz, RN, ARNP. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky): *Nemr Eid, MD, †Julie Burmester, RRT, NPS. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of Michigan (Ann Arbor): *Amy Filbrun, MD, MS, †Marisa Linn, BGS, CCRP. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha): *John Colombo, MD, †Shandalle Fertig, BS, CCRC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: *Stephanie Davis, MD, †Carol Barlow, RN, CCRC, †Robin Johnson, RCP, RRT. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of Rochester Medical Center (Rochester, New York): *Clement Ren, MD, †Mary Platt, RN, BSN, †Nancy Jenks, RN, RC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of Utah (Salt Lake City): *Barbra Chatfield, MD, †Jane Vroom, CCRC, †Heather Oldroyd, SC. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of Virginia (Charlottesville): *Deborah Froh, MD, †Patricia Moss, RN, BSN, CCRP. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program University of Wisconsin (Madison): *Michael Rock, MD, †Linda Makholm, MT(ASCP), CCRP. CFF Care Center & Pediatric Program Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (Buffalo, New York): *Jack Sharp, MD, †Jennifer Trillizio, BSc.

Ranganathan SC, Stocks J, Dezateux C,  et al.  The evolution of airway function in early childhood following clinical diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004;169(8):928-933
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Davis SD, Fordham LA, Brody AS,  et al.  Computed tomography reflects lower airway inflammation and tracks changes in early cystic fibrosis.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007;175(9):943-950
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Mott LS, Park J, Murray CP,  et al; AREST CF.  Progression of early structural lung disease in young children with cystic fibrosis assessed using CT [published online ahead of print December 26, 2011].  Thorax. 2011;
PubMed  |  Link to Article
Davis SD, Rosenfeld M, Kerby GS,  et al.  Multicenter evaluation of infant lung function tests as cystic fibrosis clinical trial endpoints.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010;182(11):1387-1397
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Boucher RC. Evidence for airway surface dehydration as the initiating event in CF airway disease.  J Intern Med. 2007;261(1):5-16
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Livraghi A, Randell SH. Cystic fibrosis and other respiratory diseases of impaired mucus clearance.  Toxicol Pathol. 2007;35(1):116-129
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Donaldson SH, Bennett WD, Zeman KL, Knowles MR, Tarran R, Boucher RC. Mucus clearance and lung function in cystic fibrosis with hypertonic saline.  N Engl J Med. 2006;354(3):241-250
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Wark P, McDonald VM. Nebulised hypertonic saline for cystic fibrosis.  Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009;(2):CD001506
PubMed
Elkins MR, Robinson M, Rose BR,  et al; National Hypertonic Saline in Cystic Fibrosis (NHSCF) Study Group.  A controlled trial of long-term inhaled hypertonic saline in patients with cystic fibrosis.  N Engl J Med. 2006;354(3):229-240
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Rosenfeld M, Davis S, Brumback L,  et al.  Inhaled hypertonic saline in infants and toddlers with cystic fibrosis: short-term tolerability, adherence, and safety.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2011;46(7):666-671
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Dellon EP, Donaldson SH, Johnson R, Davis SD. Safety and tolerability of inhaled hypertonic saline in young children with cystic fibrosis.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2008;43(11):1100-1106
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Subbarao P, Balkovec S, Solomon M, Ratjen F. Pilot study of safety and tolerability of inhaled hypertonic saline in infants with cystic fibrosis.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2007;42(5):471-476
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  National Patient Registry 2010 Annual Data Report. Bethesda, MD: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; 2011
Quittner AL, Sweeny S, Watrous M,  et al.  Translation and linguistic validation of a disease-specific quality of life measure for cystic fibrosis.  J Pediatr Psychol. 2000;25(6):403-414
PubMed   |  Link to Article
West SE, Zeng L, Lee BL,  et al.  Respiratory infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in children with cystic fibrosis: early detection by serology and assessment of risk factors.  JAMA. 2002;287(22):2958-2967
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Stocks J, Godfrey S, Beardsmore C, Bar-Yishay E, Castile R.ERS/ATS Task Force on Standards for Infant Respiratory Function Testing; European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society.  Plethysmographic measurements of lung volume and airway resistance.  Eur Respir J. 2001;17:302-312
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Castile R, Filbrun D, Flucke R, Franklin W, McCoy K. Adult-type pulmonary function tests in infants without respiratory disease.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2000;30(3):215-227
PubMed   |  Link to Article
American Thoracic Society; European Respiratory Society.  ATS/ERS statement: raised volume forced expirations in infants: guidelines for current practice.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2005;172(11):1463-1471
PubMed   |  Link to Article
O’Brien PC, Fleming TR. A multiple testing procedure for clinical trials.  Biometrics. 1979;35(3):549-556
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Eng PA, Morton J, Douglass JA, Riedler J, Wilson J, Robertson CF. Short-term efficacy of ultrasonically nebulized hypertonic saline in cystic fibrosis.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 1996;21(2):77-83
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Dmello D, Nayak RP, Matuschak GM. Stratified assessment of the role of inhaled hypertonic saline in reducing cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbations: a retrospective analysis.  BMJ Open. 2011;1(1):e000019
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Mayer-Hamblett N, Ramsey BW, Kronmal RA. Advancing outcome measures for the new era of drug development in cystic fibrosis.  Proc Am Thorac Soc. 2007;4(4):370-377
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Mayer-Hamblett N, Rosenfeld M, Emerson J, Goss CH, Aitken ML. Developing cystic fibrosis lung transplant referral criteria using predictors of 2-year mortality.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2002;166(12, pt 1):1550-1555
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Liou TG, Adler FR, Fitzsimmons SC, Cahill BC, Hibbs JR, Marshall BC. Predictive 5-year survivorship model of cystic fibrosis.  Am J Epidemiol. 2001;153(4):345-352
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Saiman L, Anstead M, Mayer-Hamblett N,  et al; AZ0004 Azithromycin Study Group.  Effect of azithromycin on pulmonary function in patients with cystic fibrosis uninfected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa: a randomized controlled trial.  JAMA. 2010;303(17):1707-1715
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Treggiari MM, Retsch-Bogart G, Mayer-Hamblett N,  et al; Early Pseudomonas Infection Control (EPIC) Investigators.  Comparative efficacy and safety of 4 randomized regimens to treat early Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in children with cystic fibrosis.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(9):847-856
PubMed   |  Link to Article
van Ewijk BE, van der Zalm MM, Wolfs TF, van der Ent CK. Viral respiratory infections in cystic fibrosis.  J Cyst Fibros. 2005;4:(suppl 2)  31-36
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Zhang L, Mendoza-Sassi RA, Wainwright C, Klassen TP. Nebulized hypertonic saline solution for acute bronchiolitis in infants.  Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(4):CD006458
PubMed
Rosenfeld M, Emerson J, McNamara S,  et al; EPIC Study Group Participating Clinical Sites.  Baseline characteristics and factors associated with nutritional and pulmonary status at enrollment in the cystic fibrosis EPIC observational cohort.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2010;45(9):934-944
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Saiman L, Siegel J.Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Infection control recommendations for patients with cystic fibrosis: microbiology, important pathogens, and infection control practices to prevent patient-to-patient transmission.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2003;24(5):(suppl)  S6-S52
PubMed   |  Link to Article

Figures

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Figure 1. Profile of the Infant Study of Inhaled Saline in Cystic Fibrosis (ISIS) Randomized Trial
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CF indicates cystic fibrosis. aOne participant had one-half day of follow-up.

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Figure 2. Kaplan-Meier Plot of Time to First Exacerbation by Treatment Group
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Tables

Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 1. Baseline Characteristics of Participants by Treatment Group
Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 2. Comparison of Pulmonary Exacerbation Rates and Related End Points
Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 3. Summary of Secondary End Points
Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 4. Summary of Infant Pulmonary Function Measures
Table Graphic Jump LocationTable 5. Serious Adverse Events by Treatment Group

References

Ranganathan SC, Stocks J, Dezateux C,  et al.  The evolution of airway function in early childhood following clinical diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004;169(8):928-933
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Davis SD, Fordham LA, Brody AS,  et al.  Computed tomography reflects lower airway inflammation and tracks changes in early cystic fibrosis.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2007;175(9):943-950
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Mott LS, Park J, Murray CP,  et al; AREST CF.  Progression of early structural lung disease in young children with cystic fibrosis assessed using CT [published online ahead of print December 26, 2011].  Thorax. 2011;
PubMed  |  Link to Article
Davis SD, Rosenfeld M, Kerby GS,  et al.  Multicenter evaluation of infant lung function tests as cystic fibrosis clinical trial endpoints.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010;182(11):1387-1397
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Boucher RC. Evidence for airway surface dehydration as the initiating event in CF airway disease.  J Intern Med. 2007;261(1):5-16
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Livraghi A, Randell SH. Cystic fibrosis and other respiratory diseases of impaired mucus clearance.  Toxicol Pathol. 2007;35(1):116-129
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Donaldson SH, Bennett WD, Zeman KL, Knowles MR, Tarran R, Boucher RC. Mucus clearance and lung function in cystic fibrosis with hypertonic saline.  N Engl J Med. 2006;354(3):241-250
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Wark P, McDonald VM. Nebulised hypertonic saline for cystic fibrosis.  Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009;(2):CD001506
PubMed
Elkins MR, Robinson M, Rose BR,  et al; National Hypertonic Saline in Cystic Fibrosis (NHSCF) Study Group.  A controlled trial of long-term inhaled hypertonic saline in patients with cystic fibrosis.  N Engl J Med. 2006;354(3):229-240
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Rosenfeld M, Davis S, Brumback L,  et al.  Inhaled hypertonic saline in infants and toddlers with cystic fibrosis: short-term tolerability, adherence, and safety.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2011;46(7):666-671
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Dellon EP, Donaldson SH, Johnson R, Davis SD. Safety and tolerability of inhaled hypertonic saline in young children with cystic fibrosis.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2008;43(11):1100-1106
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Subbarao P, Balkovec S, Solomon M, Ratjen F. Pilot study of safety and tolerability of inhaled hypertonic saline in infants with cystic fibrosis.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2007;42(5):471-476
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  National Patient Registry 2010 Annual Data Report. Bethesda, MD: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; 2011
Quittner AL, Sweeny S, Watrous M,  et al.  Translation and linguistic validation of a disease-specific quality of life measure for cystic fibrosis.  J Pediatr Psychol. 2000;25(6):403-414
PubMed   |  Link to Article
West SE, Zeng L, Lee BL,  et al.  Respiratory infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in children with cystic fibrosis: early detection by serology and assessment of risk factors.  JAMA. 2002;287(22):2958-2967
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Stocks J, Godfrey S, Beardsmore C, Bar-Yishay E, Castile R.ERS/ATS Task Force on Standards for Infant Respiratory Function Testing; European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society.  Plethysmographic measurements of lung volume and airway resistance.  Eur Respir J. 2001;17:302-312
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Castile R, Filbrun D, Flucke R, Franklin W, McCoy K. Adult-type pulmonary function tests in infants without respiratory disease.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2000;30(3):215-227
PubMed   |  Link to Article
American Thoracic Society; European Respiratory Society.  ATS/ERS statement: raised volume forced expirations in infants: guidelines for current practice.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2005;172(11):1463-1471
PubMed   |  Link to Article
O’Brien PC, Fleming TR. A multiple testing procedure for clinical trials.  Biometrics. 1979;35(3):549-556
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Eng PA, Morton J, Douglass JA, Riedler J, Wilson J, Robertson CF. Short-term efficacy of ultrasonically nebulized hypertonic saline in cystic fibrosis.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 1996;21(2):77-83
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Dmello D, Nayak RP, Matuschak GM. Stratified assessment of the role of inhaled hypertonic saline in reducing cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbations: a retrospective analysis.  BMJ Open. 2011;1(1):e000019
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Mayer-Hamblett N, Ramsey BW, Kronmal RA. Advancing outcome measures for the new era of drug development in cystic fibrosis.  Proc Am Thorac Soc. 2007;4(4):370-377
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Mayer-Hamblett N, Rosenfeld M, Emerson J, Goss CH, Aitken ML. Developing cystic fibrosis lung transplant referral criteria using predictors of 2-year mortality.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2002;166(12, pt 1):1550-1555
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Liou TG, Adler FR, Fitzsimmons SC, Cahill BC, Hibbs JR, Marshall BC. Predictive 5-year survivorship model of cystic fibrosis.  Am J Epidemiol. 2001;153(4):345-352
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Saiman L, Anstead M, Mayer-Hamblett N,  et al; AZ0004 Azithromycin Study Group.  Effect of azithromycin on pulmonary function in patients with cystic fibrosis uninfected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa: a randomized controlled trial.  JAMA. 2010;303(17):1707-1715
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Treggiari MM, Retsch-Bogart G, Mayer-Hamblett N,  et al; Early Pseudomonas Infection Control (EPIC) Investigators.  Comparative efficacy and safety of 4 randomized regimens to treat early Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in children with cystic fibrosis.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(9):847-856
PubMed   |  Link to Article
van Ewijk BE, van der Zalm MM, Wolfs TF, van der Ent CK. Viral respiratory infections in cystic fibrosis.  J Cyst Fibros. 2005;4:(suppl 2)  31-36
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Zhang L, Mendoza-Sassi RA, Wainwright C, Klassen TP. Nebulized hypertonic saline solution for acute bronchiolitis in infants.  Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(4):CD006458
PubMed
Rosenfeld M, Emerson J, McNamara S,  et al; EPIC Study Group Participating Clinical Sites.  Baseline characteristics and factors associated with nutritional and pulmonary status at enrollment in the cystic fibrosis EPIC observational cohort.  Pediatr Pulmonol. 2010;45(9):934-944
PubMed   |  Link to Article
Saiman L, Siegel J.Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Infection control recommendations for patients with cystic fibrosis: microbiology, important pathogens, and infection control practices to prevent patient-to-patient transmission.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2003;24(5):(suppl)  S6-S52
PubMed   |  Link to Article
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Rosenfeld M, Ratjen F, Brumback L, et al; for the ISIS Study Group. Inhaled hypertonic saline in infants and children younger than 6 years with cystic fibrosis: the ISIS randomized trial. JAMA. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.5214.

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eAppendix. CF-Causing Mutations (From Castellani et al, Table 3 [6])

eTable 1. Rates of Antibiotic Courses in the Hypertonic Saline and Isotonic Saline Groups

eTable 2. Summary of Clinical Endpoints: Slope, per 48 Weeks, From Mixed Effects Analysis of Repeated Measures

eTable 3. Adherence to Study Treatment by Treatment Group

eTable 4. Adverse Events of Moderate or Severe Severity Occurring in >10% of Participants in Either Group

eTable 5. Proportion of Participants With New Isolation of Bacteria From Respiratory Cultures During the 48 Week Study by Treatment Group

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