DAILY PREDNISONE TREATMENT IN DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY IN SOUTHWEST CHINA

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Abstract

Introduction:

In this study we aimed to determine the influence of daily prednisone treatment in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by performing a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in southwestern China.

Methods:

Sixty-six children with DMD (4–12 years of age) were divided randomly into prednisone and placebo groups. Efficacy and safety of daily prednisone at 0.75 mg/kg/day were evaluated over 12 months by muscle strength and function, quality of life (QoL), quantitative muscle ultrasound (QMUS), and side effects.

Results:

Significant improvements in muscle strength and function, QoL, and QMUS were observed in the prednisone group compared with the placebo-treated group (P < 0.05). Changes in body weight, height, body mass index, and diastolic blood pressure were similar in both groups (P > 0.05).

Conclusions:

This pilot study in southwestern China found that daily prednisone at 0.75 mg/kg/day is suitable for children with DMD. It slowed disease progression and improved QoL and QMUS. Moderate side effects were generally well tolerated. Muscle Nerve52: 1001–1007, 2015

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