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Oral Prednisolone in Severe Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: May 13, 2011
Last Update Posted: August 1, 2017
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Fekri Abroug, Hôpital Universitaire Fattouma Bourguiba

Evaluation of systematic administration of oral prednisolone (1mg/Kg/day) as an add on therapy in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) for severe exacerbation of COPD. Patients with pneumonia are excluded.

Randomization is stratified according to ventilatory support: non invasive or conventional ventilation.The major outcome is the ICU mortality rate in overall population and stratified according to ventilatory mode (noninvasive ventilation (NIV) versus conventional).

Secondary outcomes are superinfection necessitating a new antibiotic course, Length of mechanical ventilation (MV) (and ventilatory free days), Length of ICU stay, The frequency of gastric bleeding episodes that of frequency of hyperglycemic episodes.

Condition Intervention Phase
COPD Exacerbation Drug: Prednisolone Drug: usual care Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Prospective Randomized Trial of Systemic Corticosteroids (Oral Prednisolone) in Severe Exacerbation of COPD Requiring Ventilatory Assistance

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Further study details as provided by Fekri Abroug, Hôpital Universitaire Fattouma Bourguiba:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • ICU mortality rate [ Time Frame: ICU stay (on average patients will be followed 30 days) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Length of MV (and ventilatory free days) [ Time Frame: ICU stay (on average patients will be followed 30 days) ]

Enrollment: 317
Study Start Date: April 2010
Study Completion Date: June 2013
Primary Completion Date: June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Sham Comparator: usual care Drug: usual care
no drug administered
Active Comparator: Prednisolone
1mg/kg/day prednisolone for the entire ICU stay and a maximum of 10 days
Drug: Prednisolone
Patients assigned to corticotherapy arm, will receive oral prednisolone 1mg/kg/j as an add on therapy for a maximum of 10 days.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All COPD patients (according to the ATS definition) experiencing acute exacerbation originating in acute respiratory failure and requiring ICU admission will be included in the study.

COPD exacerbation is defined by the increased frequency of cough, volume and purulence of sputum and that of wheeze.

Acute respiratory failure is defined by the presence of hypercapnia with PaCO2 >45mmHg associated with pH > 7.35 and signs of respiratory muscle fatigue (contraction of accessory respiratory muscles, thoracoabdominal swinging ,..).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Asthmatic patients defined by a reversible obstructive disease following nebulized bronchodilators,
  • Patients with uncontrolled left heart failure,
  • AECOPD patients with a radiologically documented pneumonia,
  • Systemic corticotherapy within 30 days before screening,
  • contra-indication to corticosteroids (active gastroduodenal ulcer, uncontrolled sepsis, etc. ..)
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01353235

CHU F.Bourguiba
Monastir, Tunisia, 5000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fekri Abroug
Principal Investigator: Fekri Abroug, MD CHU F.Bourguiba Monastir
  More Information

Responsible Party: Fekri Abroug, ead of the ICU, Hôpital Universitaire Fattouma Bourguiba
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01353235     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: steroids in COPD exacerbation
First Submitted: May 10, 2011
First Posted: May 13, 2011
Last Update Posted: August 1, 2017
Last Verified: July 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: There is no plan to IPD so far

Keywords provided by Fekri Abroug, Hôpital Universitaire Fattouma Bourguiba:
acute respiratory failure
mechanical ventilation
non invasive ventilation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Prednisolone acetate
Methylprednisolone acetate
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Antineoplastic Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Neuroprotective Agents
Protective Agents