A Study to Evaluate Breathing Machine and Esophageal Pressures to Better Understand How COVID-19 Affects the Breathing and Lungs of Children (Enrolling by Invitation Only)


About this study

The purpose of this study is to gather information to help doctors understand how Covid-19 affects the lungs in children.  

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients:  0-17 years of age.
  • Weight:    0 kg or greater.
  • Suspect or confirmed Covid-19 respiratory failure requiring endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation.
  • Admitted to Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients < 10 kg.
  • Patients with pre-existing chronic mechanical ventilation (chronic respiratory failure.
  • Patients with known esophageal disease (strictures, known esophageal anatomic abnormalities).
  • Patients with severe coagulopathy (for which placement of esophageal balloon or other gastric tube via nose or mouth is contraindicated).
  • Pregnant patients (as determined by established pregnancy testing protocol for patients admitted to Pediatric ICU)

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Stephen Gleich, M.D.

Closed-enrolling by invitation

What is this? (?)
Not open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria, but only those invited to participate by the study team.

Contact information:

Stephen Gleich M.D.

(507) 255-9814


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