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Dexamethasone Infusion in Community-acquired Pneumonia (Ovidius)

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: May 10, 2007
Last Update Posted: September 27, 2010
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Information provided by:
St. Antonius Hospital
The purpose of this study is to determine whether dexamethasone reduces the length of hospital stay in patient with a community-acquired pneumonia.

Condition Intervention
Pneumonia Drug: dexamethasone

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Dexamethasone Infusion in Community-acquired Pneumonia

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Further study details as provided by St. Antonius Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • length of hospital stay [ Time Frame: 30 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • side-effects inflammation markers lung function [ Time Frame: 30 days ]

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: November 2007
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Drug: dexamethasone
4 days 5 mg
Placebo Comparator: 2
Drug: dexamethasone
4 days 5 mg

Detailed Description:

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is common and approximately 20 percent of all episodes of pneumonia result in hospitalization. It is the leading cause of community-acquired infection requiring ICU admission.1 Especially elderly patients may have a severe illness with a high morbidity and mortality rate. In pulmonary infections, the release of cytokines and other inflammatory mediators from alveolar macrophages serves as a useful mechanism in the elimination of invading pathogens. However, this natural reaction can be potentially harmful when excessive release of circulating inflammatory cytokines causes damage to the patient, particularly the lung.

Interest in the role of corticosteroids in the pathophysiology of critical illness has existed since the early part of the 20th century. On ICU, early treatment with corticosteroids to attenuate systemic inflammation is widespread. At the same time, outside the ICU little evidence is available on the effect of treatment with corticosteroids in patients diagnosed with CAP. Hypothetically, early initiated administration of corticosteroids in the course of a CAP can lower systemic and pulmonary inflammation. This may lead to earlier resolution of pneumonia and a reduction of complications (sepsis, mortality).


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Patients aged 18 to 100 years with a community-acquired pneumonia.

Criteria to determine a community-acquired pneumonia:

  • Chest radiograph showing new opacities
  • In combination with two of the following findings:

    • Cough
    • Production of sputum
    • Temp >38,0 °C or <36,0 °C
    • Audible abnormalities by chest examination compatible with pneumonia
    • Leukocytosis (>10.000 cells/mm3), leftward shift (>10%) or leukopenia (<4000 cells/mm3)
    • CRP > 15 mg/dl (three times upper limit of normal)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • o The following groups are excluded:

    • Immunocompromised patients:

      • Patients with a known congenital or achieved immunodeficiency.
      • Patients who received chemotherapy less than 6 weeks ago.
      • Patients who received corticosteroids in the last 6 weeks.
      • Patients who received immunosuppressive medication in the last 6 weeks. (like cyclosporine, cyclofosfamide, azathioprine)
      • Patients with COPD who are on systemic corticosteroids for COPD.
      • Patients who require ICU treatment.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00471640

Gelderse Vallei Ede
Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands
St Antonius Hosptial
Nieuwegein, Utrecht, Netherlands, 3430 EM
Sponsors and Collaborators
St. Antonius Hospital
Study Director: D Biesma, dr. St. Antonius Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: St. Antonius Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00471640     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: versie 1
First Submitted: May 8, 2007
First Posted: May 10, 2007
Last Update Posted: September 27, 2010
Last Verified: September 2010

Keywords provided by St. Antonius Hospital:
community-acquired pneumonia

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Dexamethasone acetate
BB 1101
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents
Protease Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action