Corticosteroids in the Treatment of Tuberculous Pleurisy

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 20, 2006
Last Update Posted : August 26, 2008
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Ministry of Education, China
Bureau of Science and Technology of Guangxi Province, China
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Guangxi Medical University

June 19, 2006
June 20, 2006
August 26, 2008
July 2006
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  • Death
  • Presence of pleural thickening
  • Pulmonary function at completion of treatment
  • Adverse drug effects
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  • Improvement in clinical symptoms and signs (such as pleuritic chest pain, temperature)
  • Reabsorption of pleural effusion
  • Failure rate at the end of treatment
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Corticosteroids in the Treatment of Tuberculous Pleurisy
A Multicenter, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Corticosteroids for Treatment of Patients With Tuberculous Pleurisy
Tuberculous pleurisy is associated with inflammation and fibrosis. Adjunctive corticosteroids are used for tuberculous pleurisy because their anti-inflammatory effect is thought to minimise pleural reactivity and thereby reduce residual pleural thickening. The purpose is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of oral prednisolone for treatment of adult patients with tuberculous pleurisy.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Tuberculous Pleurisy
Drug: prednisolone
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August 2008
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Signed written informed consent;
  • Presented with clinical features suggesting pleural tuberculosis;
  • Had not previously received treatment or prophylaxis for tuberculosis;
  • Had not recently received treatment with glucocorticoids;
  • Were not pregnant or breast-feeding.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Failed to complete the screening procedures;
  • Were seropositive for HIV
  • Tuberculous meningitis;
  • Had risk factors for serious steroid-related adverse events (a history of diabetes or positive urine glucose, a history or clinical finding of hypertension, or a history of peptic ulcer disease or mental illness);
  • Standard doses of antituberculosis drugs could not be used (as in participants with concurrent liver disease)
  • Psychiatric illness;
  • Alcoholism.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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Guangxi Medical University
  • National Natural Science Foundation of China
  • Ministry of Education, China
  • Bureau of Science and Technology of Guangxi Province, China
Study Chair: Huan-Zhong Shi, MD, PhD Institute of Respiratory Diseases, First Affiliated Hospital, Guangxi Medical University, Nanning 530021, Guangxi, China
Principal Investigator: Zhan-Cheng Gao, MD, PhD Department of Respiratory Diseases, People's Hospital, Peking University, Beijing, China
Principal Investigator: Xin Zhou, MD Department of Respiratory Diseases, First Affiliated Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China
Guangxi Medical University
August 2008

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