Patients with mild paraquat poisoning treated with prolonged low-dose methylprednisolone have better lung function: A retrospective analysis

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Lung dysfunction is an important characteristic of injury induced by paraquat (PQ). This study aimed to evaluate the effects of prolonged low-dose methylprednisolone (MP) treatment on lung function in patients with mild PQ poisoning. We analyzed the results of lung function testing in all patients with mild PQ poisoning admitted to Cangzhou Central Hospital between January 2012 and August 2017. Patients were grouped according to short-term treatment (3 mg/kg/day MP for 3 days) or prolonged treatment (3 mg/kg/day MP for 3 days, followed by dosage reduction by half every 3 days, with treatment terminated when a dosage of 0.375 mg/kg/day was reached). Lung function was evaluated at 2 to 3 months after PQ exposure. The forced expiratory volume in 1 second (85.72 ± 4.93% vs 78.41 ± 4.58%; P < .001), forced vital capacity (81.98 ± 4.93% vs 77.85 ± 4.37%; P < .001), and diffusing capacity (84.27 ± 5.16% vs 76.21 ± 3.71%; P < .001) in the prolonged low-dose MP group were improved compared with those in the short-term MP group. Patients with mild PQ poisoning treated with prolonged low-dose MP had better lung function 2 to 3 months after PQ poisoning.

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