Steroid Treatment for Sickle Cell Pain Crisis
The painful episode is the most common problem experienced by children with sickle cell disease. Although various treatments are available during painful episodes, the medication most commonly given for pain is a pain medication such as morphine. Fluids are also used. Even with these treatments, many children still have severe pain that is difficult to control. In addition to pain medications, there are other medications that may be useful. Methylprednisolone (solumedrol) and prednisone are a group of medications called steroids that may be helpful for painful episodes. These medications are known to lower the amount of inflammation (this means swelling, tenderness, and soreness) in the body. Because this medication may help with your pain, you are being asked to be a part of this study. These types of medications are used in other illnesses such as asthma, especially during times when the illness has gotten worse.
The main purpose of this study is to see if the methylprednisolone and prednisone will lower the amount of pain and the length of hospital stay.
In addition to the pain medication you will normally receive, you will be assigned to one of 2 groups: 1) the experimental group with the active form of the medicine, or 2) a comparison group without the active form of the medicine. In either group, you will still receive all of the treatments you would normally receive for a painful episode, including pain medicines and fluids. You and your doctors will not know what group you will be assigned.
If you decide to be a part of the study the following will happen:
For the first 5 days, you will be asked to: 1) describe your current pain (0=no pain to 10=a lot of pain), worst pain (0=no pain to 10=a lot of pain), least pain (0=no pain to 10=a lot of pain), and the amount of pain relief (0=no relief to 10=complete relief); 2) describe any signs or symptoms you feel, including filling out a pain scale form each day; 3) and take the medicines for 5 days, either at home or when in the hospital. Thirty days after the study, a study researcher will call and will ask questions about your pain, any painful episodes, and any medications you had. If you are discharged home sooner than 5 days after the start of the study, research staff will call you to ask you these questions, remind you to fill out your pain forms, and remind you to take your medicine. If you are discharged home, you will be given pain scales to fill out each day at home.
Sickle Cell Disease
Drug: Methylprednisolone plus prednisone taper
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Randomized Trial of High-dose Intravenous Methylprednisolone and Steroid Taper for Vaso-occlusive Crises in Sickle Cell Disease|
- The primary objective of this study is to determine whether the use of high-dose methylprednisolone followed by steroid taper decreases the duration of hospitalization and severity of pain in VOC of sickle cell disease.
- Primary Hypothesis: The experimental group treated with high-dose methylprednisolone and steroid taper plus conventional therapy will have a lesser duration and and lower severity of pain in VOC than the control group.
- 1) to determine whether this methylprednisolone regimen will decrease the number of inpatient admissions.
- 2) to examine the number and type of complications and side effects (including infection, hypertension, and GI bleeding)
- 3) to determine rate of recurrent episodes of pain within one month of treatment.
- 4) to determine whether the amount of analgesic used will decrease during the hospitalization.
|Study Start Date:||December 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00263562
|United States, Texas|
|Texas Childrens Hospital|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|
|Principal Investigator:||Charles Macias, MD, MPH||Baylor College of Medicine|