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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213


The purpose of this study is to see if inhaled bicarbonate will increase the ability to cough up mucus in a person with cystic fibrosis.

Study summary:

There is evidence that people with CF may have differences in the liquid that lines the surface of their lungs from people without CF. There are two things that are known to be different. One is called bicarbonate secretion, which is the movement of a salt called bicarbonate that is normally present in the blood and lung fluid in all people. The abnormal movement of bicarbonate appears to cause a second abnormality - the liquid in the breathing tubes has more acid than the liquid in patients without CF. These differences may affect the stickiness and thickness of the mucus and limit how well the hairs that line the breathing tubes (cilia) move mucus out of the lungs. Recent studies in a group of patients with chronic cough looked at the effects of giving an inhaled bicarbonate solution (sodium bicarbonate instead of sodium chloride) on the study subjects' ability to cough up mucus. Compared to the group given inhaled saline, the patients given inhaled bicarbonate were able to cough up approximately three times as much mucus. No clinical studies have looked at whether inhaled bicarbonate improves the ability of the lung in a person with CF to move mucus out of the lung or how this treatment affects lung function in patients with CF.


Inclusion Criteria: - age 12 or older - Forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) >40% predicted - Ability to expectorate sputum Exclusion Criteria: - pregnancy - pulmonary exacerbation or initiation of inhaled or oral antibiotics, steroids, or aerosol treatments within the last four weeks - oxygen saturation <92%, or requirement for supplemental oxygen



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Joseph M Pilewski, MD
University of Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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