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A controlled clinical trial of high-dose methylprednisolone in the treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock. The use of high-dose corticosteroids in the treatment of severe sepsis and septic shock remains controversial. Our study was designed as a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of high-dose methylprednisolone sodium succinate for severe sepsis and septic shock. Diagnosis was based on the clinical suspicion of infection plus the presence of fever (...) or hypothermia (rectal temperature greater than 38.3 degrees C [101 degrees F] or less than 35.6 degrees C [96 degrees F]), tachypnea (greater than 20 breaths per minute), tachycardia (greater than 90 beats per minute), and the presence of one of the following indications of organ dysfunction: a change in mental status, hypoxemia, elevated lactate levels, or oliguria. Three hundred eighty-two patients were enrolled. Treatment--either methylprednisolone sodium succinate (30 mg per kilogram of body weight
A controlled trial of methylprednisolone in the emergency treatment of acute asthma. Ninety-seven acutely ill patients with bronchial asthma were enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of intravenous methylprednisolone (125 mg), given on presentation in the emergency room in addition to standard emergency treatments for asthma. Subjective and spirometric indexes of the severity of the asthma were similar on entry into the study in all patients, but only 9 of 48 (...) patients (19 percent) treated with methylprednisolone required hospital admission, as compared with 23 of 49 patients (47 percent) in the control group (P less than 0.003). Our results suggest that prompt use of glucocorticoids in the emergency treatment of severe asthma can prevent significant morbidity, reduce the number of hospitalizations, and effect substantial savings in health care costs.
Efficacy of methylprednisolone in acute spinal cord injury. A multicenter double-blind randomized trial was conducted to examine the efficacy of a high dose of methylprednisolone (1,000-mg bolus and daily thereafter for ten days) compared with a standard dose (100-mg bolus and daily thereafter for ten days) in 330 patients with acute spinal cord injury. No difference in neurological recovery of motor function or pinprick and light touch sensation was observed between the two treatment groups
Controlled trial of methylprednisolone and chlorambucil in idiopathic membranous nephropathy. Sixty-seven adults with idiopathic membranous nephropathy and the nephrotic syndrome were randomly assigned to symptomatic treatment only or to a six-month course of methylprednisolone alternated with chlorambucil every other month. Patients were followed for one to seven years. At the end of follow-up (mean of 31.4 +/- 18.2 months for the treated group and 37.0 +/- 22.0 for the control group) 23 of 32
A double-blind placebo-controlled trial of methylprednisolone pulse therapy in active rheumatoid disease. To confirm the findings of uncontrolled trials that methylprednisolone pulse therapy (MPPT) is a safe treatment for active rheumatoid disease, a double-blind trial was conducted in which 20 patients with active rheumatoid disease were randomly allocated to receive an infusion of either 1 g methylprednisolone or placebo. Methylprednisolone produced significant improvement in all clinical (...) variables measured, a benefit which was sustained for at least 6 weeks. The placebo produced only transient improvement in some of the clinical variables measured. when the 10 placebo groups patients were later given an infusion of 1 g methylprednisolone, they too showed significant clinical benefit. The methylprednisolone also gave rise to improvements in some haematological and biochemical variables.
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