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Diffuse Fibrotic Lung Disease

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00000596
First Posted: October 28, 1999
Last Update Posted: March 17, 2014
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Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  Purpose
To determine the effects of cyclophosphamide compared with prednisone, dapsone, or high-dose intermittent 'pulse' therapy with methylprednisolone in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Also, to evaluate the use of intermittent, short-term, high-dose intravenous corticosteroids in patients with sarcoidosis. There were actually four separate clinical trials.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lung Diseases Pulmonary Fibrosis Sarcoidosis Drug: prednisone Drug: cyclophosphamide Drug: dapsone Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Study Start Date: June 1978
Study Completion Date: January 1983
Detailed Description:

BACKGROUND:

The fibrotic lung diseases represent 15 to 20 percent of the non-infectious disorders of the lung. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, one of the 10 general groups of fibrotic lung disorders, is a chronic and devastating illness resulting in death within an average of 4 to 5 years from the onset of symptoms. Although 5 to 10 percent of these patients respond to corticosteroids, there is no known treatment for the remainder.

Sarcoidosis, a generalized disorder characterized by epithelioid cell granuloma formation in affected organs, especially the lung and lymphoid tissue, has a clinical course that varies considerably from patient to patient and, in some cases, resolves spontaneously. In other cases, intermittent pneumonitis develops, which may result in a permanent loss of lung function. Large intermittent doses of corticosteroids might be superior to conventional high-dose corticosteroids in patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis which has not resolved spontaneously.

DESIGN NARRATIVE:

In the randomized, non-blind cyclophosphamide versus prednisone trial, 25 to 50 patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis were assigned to treatment with prednisone or cyclophosphamide. At the end of 52 weeks of drug therapy, both groups were treated using conventional medical therapies. In the non-randomized dapsone trial, 10 fibrotic patients were treated with dapsone and prednisone for one year. In the double-blind, randomized methylprednisolone trial, 25 to 50 patients were given low-dose methylprednisolone, and, in addition, all patients were randomized to either high-dose methylprednisolone treatment or to placebo at weekly intervals for one year. In the randomized, double-blind, high-dose corticosteroid trial, 25 to 50 patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis were given a short intense course of high-dose methylprednisolone or a placebo for 6 weeks.

The study completion date listed in this record was inferred from the last publication listed in the Citations section of this study record.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria
No eligibility criteria
  Contacts and Locations
No Contacts or Locations Provided
  More Information

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00000596     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 402
First Submitted: October 27, 1999
First Posted: October 28, 1999
Last Update Posted: March 17, 2014
Last Verified: February 2002

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Pulmonary Fibrosis
Sarcoidosis
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Cyclophosphamide
Prednisone
Dapsone
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Myeloablative Agonists
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Glucocorticoids
Hormones
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Anti-Infective Agents
Antimalarials
Antiprotozoal Agents
Antiparasitic Agents
Folic Acid Antagonists
Enzyme Inhibitors
Leprostatic Agents