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Systemic Methylprednisolone in Chronic Rhinosinusitis

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 21, 2010
Last Update Posted : September 21, 2010
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Ondokuz Mayıs University

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE September 20, 2010
First Posted Date  ICMJE September 21, 2010
Last Update Posted Date September 21, 2010
Study Start Date  ICMJE July 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date September 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 20, 2010)
Mean change in total symptom score and coronal CT score after treatment [ Time Frame: One month ]
Rhinosinusitis symptoms were assessed by the patients and their parents with the use of a visual analogue scale (VAS) rating symptoms from 0 (none) to 10 (most severe). A coronal sinus CT scanning was performed on all subjects before and at the end of the treatment. The scans were evaluated and scored according to the Lund-Mackay staging system.
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History No Changes Posted
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 20, 2010)
  • mean changes in individual symptom scores after treatment [ Time Frame: One month ]
  • relapse rate [ Time Frame: Six months ]
  • tolerability of oral methylprednisolone tablet [ Time Frame: One month ]
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Systemic Methylprednisolone in Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Official Title  ICMJE Efficacy and Tolerability of Systemic Methylprednisolone in Children and Adolescents With Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Brief Summary The place of systemic corticosteroids in the treatment of children with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) remains unclear. We aimed to assess the effectiveness and tolerability of oral methylprednisolone (MP) as an anti-inflammatory adjunct in the treatment of CRS in children.Forty-eight children (age 6-17 years) with clinically and radiologically proven CRS were included. Patients were randomly assigned to either oral amoxicillin/clavulanate (AMX/C) and MP or AMX/C and placebo (P) twice daily for 30 days. Oral MP was administered for the first 15 days with a tapering schedule. Primary parameters were mean change in symptom and sinus computed tomography (CT) scan scores after treatment. Secondary study parameters were mean changes in individual symptom scores after treatment, relapse rate and tolerability. Forty-five patients completed the study, 22 received AMX/C and MP, and 23 AMX/C and P. Both groups demonstrated significant improvements in symptom and sinus CT scores, comparing baseline to end of the treatment (p<0.001). Methylprednisolone as an adjunct was significantly more effective than placebo in reducing CT scores (p=0.004), total rhinosinusitis symptoms (p=0.001) and individual symptoms of nasal obstruction (p=0.001), postnasal discharge (p=0.007), and cough (p=0.009). At the end of the treatment, 48% of the children in the P group still had abnormal findings in CT versus 14% in the MP group (p = 0.013). Therapy-related adverse events were not different between groups. Although insignificant, the incidence of clinical relapses was also less in the MP group (25%) compared to P group (43%) (p = 0.137). Oral MP is well tolerated and provides added benefit to treatment with antibiotics for children with CRS.
Detailed Description Not Provided
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Phase 4
Study Design  ICMJE Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Children
Intervention  ICMJE Drug: methylprednisolone
Patients enrolled in the study were given either oral amoxicillin/clavulanate (AMX/C) or metylprednisolone (MP) (group MP) or AMX/C and placebo (group P) twice daily using a random allocation chart based on a table of random numbers. Oral AMX/C was administered 45/6.4 mg/kg/d (maximum 2000/285 mg/d) for 30 days for both groups. Oral MP was administered for the first 15 days: 1 mg/kg/d (maximum 40 mg/d) for 10 days, 0.75 mg/kg/d for 2 days, 0.5 mg/kg/d for 2 days, and 0.25 mg/kg/d for 1 day. Placebo tablets contained lactose and were of same size and color as MP tablets.
Other Names:
  • Prednol tablet
  • Augmentin suspension/tablet
Study Arms  ICMJE
  • Active Comparator: oral methylprednisolone
    Intervention: Drug: methylprednisolone
  • Placebo Comparator: placebo
    Intervention: Drug: methylprednisolone
Publications * Not Provided

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Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Actual Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: September 20, 2010)
Original Actual Enrollment  ICMJE Same as current
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE April 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date September 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:All patients presented with nasal and/or postnasal purulence, and one or more of the following symptoms: nasal obstruction, cough, halitosis, headache, or facial pain/pressure. The diagnosis of CRS was made on the basis of sinonasal symptoms and signs present for a period of more than 3 months in the presence of abnormalities on coronal sinus CT scans.


Exclusion Criteria:Patients were excluded if they had used systemic corticosteroids in the last 2 months prior to the study, systemic antibiotics and inhaler or intranasal corticosteroids in the last 4 weeks prior to the study or if they had other respiratory disorders (cystic fibrosis, ciliary dyskinesia, nasal polyps, large adenoids, asthma), immune deficiency, systemic disease, gastro-esophageal reflux, aspirin sensitivity, and acquired or congenital sinonasal abnormalities, or a contraindication to corticosteroid use.


Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 6 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE No
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE Turkey
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT01205984
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE CRS-0655-IF
Has Data Monitoring Committee Yes
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party Fadıl Ozturk, Ondokuz Mayıs University
Study Sponsor  ICMJE Ondokuz Mayıs University
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: Fadıl Ozturk Ondokuz Mayıs University, Samsun, Turkey Gazi University,Ankara, Turkey
Study Director: Ipek Turktas Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
PRS Account Ondokuz Mayıs University
Verification Date September 2010

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