Phase III Randomized, Double-Blind Study of Prednisone for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

This study has been completed.
University of Rochester
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Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) Identifier:
First received: February 24, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: December 2001

OBJECTIVES: I. Characterize the effect of prednisone on muscle protein metabolism in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

II. Determine whether prednisone changes levels of insulin-like growth factor 1, growth hormone, and insulin.

III. Characterize the effect of prednisone on muscle morphometry and muscle localization of utrophin.

IV. Compare the prednisone response in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy to that seen in normal individuals and in patients with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Drug: prednisone
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: April 1995
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind study. Patients are randomly assigned to prednisone or placebo. Therapy is administered daily for 12 weeks; prednisone is then tapered.


Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 15 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Ambulatory males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • No medical/psychiatric contraindication to protocol therapy
  • No requirement for regular use of prescription medication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004646

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Rochester
Study Chair: Robert Griggs University of Rochester
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00004646     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/11695, URMC-2251
Study First Received: February 24, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
genetic diseases and dysmorphic syndromes
muscular dystrophy
neurologic and psychiatric disorders
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Muscular Dystrophies
Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Genetic Diseases, X-Linked
Muscular Diseases
Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases processed this record on March 30, 2015