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Efficacy of Systemic Glucocorticoid in the Treatment of Wheezing in Children (VINKU)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2007 by University of Turku.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Academy of Finland
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University of Turku Identifier:
First received: June 29, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: June 2007
History: No changes posted
We can not predict which wheezing child younger than 3 years of age benefits from systemic glucocorticoid and which one does not. It is not known whether the differences in the efficacy are related to the differences in viral etiology, atopy, immunogical maturity or age of the patient. The study aims to answer the following questions: 1. What is the viral etiology of acute childhood expiratory wheezing? 2. What is the efficacy of prednisolone in relation to age, atopy and viral etiology in acute childhood wheezing? 3. Does prednisolone treatment increase risk for secundary bacterial infection in acute childhood expiratory wheezing? 4. What is the significance of inflammatory markers in predicting the efficacy of systemic steroid or patient outcome in acute childhood expiratory wheezing? Study will follow randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled parallel design. Study will start in Septemper 2000 and will be performed at the Department of Pediatrics, Turku University Hospital, Turku Finland. The study population will be 300 hospitalized wheezing children aged 3 months – 15 years. Investigational drug will be prednisolone, first dose 2 mg/kg, then 2 mg/kg/d/3 (max. 60 mg/vrk) p.o. for 3 d and comparative drug will be placebo tablet similar to investigational drug with the equal dosage. The primary outcome will be the time until ready for discharge. The study will provide new and important information for the diagnostics, treatment, disease outcome and prevention of acute childhood expiratory wheezing.

Condition Intervention Phase
Wheezing Drug: prednisolone Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by University of Turku:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The time until ready for discharge

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Oxygen saturation during hospital stay
  • Wheeze and cough during two weeks after discharge from the hospital
  • Readmission to the out-patient clinic or hospital for recurrent wheezing during a two-month period after discharge
  • Blood eosinophil counts at discharge and two weeks later

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: September 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2008
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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Months to 15 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 3 months to 16 years
  • hospitalization for expiratory wheezing
  • written informed consent from the parents

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any chronic disease (other than allergy or asthma), e.g. heart disease, immune deficiency, or diabetes
  • varicella and exposure to varicella if not previously have had it
  • Systemic glucocorticoid 4 weeks prios to the study
  • Severe disease that needs treatment in the intensive care unit or oxygen saturation below 92% despite of additional oxygen and frequent salbutamol inhalations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00494624

Contact: Tuomas Jartti, MD +358 2 313 0000
Contact: Olli Ruuskanen, MD +358 2 313 0000

Turku University Hospital Recruiting
Turku, Finland, 20520
Contact: Tuomas Jartti, MD    +358 2 313 0000   
Contact: Olli Ruuskanen, MD    +358 2 313 0000   
Sub-Investigator: Pasi Lehtinen, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Turku
Academy of Finland
Principal Investigator: Tuomas Jartti, MD Turku University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Olli Ruuskanen, MD Turku University Hospital
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00494624     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VINKU
Study First Received: June 29, 2007
Last Updated: June 29, 2007

Keywords provided by University of Turku:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Respiratory Sounds
Signs and Symptoms, Respiratory
Signs and Symptoms
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
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