Effect of High-Dose Prednisolone (Solu Dacortin®) Treatment on Choroidal and Optic Nerve Head Blood Flow in Humans

This study has been completed.
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Medical University of Vienna
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First received: April 6, 2006
Last updated: April 7, 2006
Last verified: March 2006
Because of their antiinflamatory effects, glucocorticoids are often used to reduce edema in neurologic tissue and to otherwise mitigate the consequences of neural inflammation. For example, high dose prednisolone treatment has been shown to be an effective therapy for different eye diseases including severe Graves´ Ophthalmopathy and acute optic neuritis. However, contradictory results exists for the influence of high dose prednisolone therapy per se on tissue blood flow. Thus, in the current study, we plan to investigate the effect of high dose, short time therapy with intravenous prednisolone in patients with optic neuritis and severe Graves´ Ophthalmopathy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Regional Blood Flow
Optic Disk
Drug: Prednisolone
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of High-Dose Prednisolone (Solu Dacortin®) Treatment on Choroidal and Optic Nerve Head Blood Flow in Humans

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Non invasive measurement of optic nerve and choroidal blood flow

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: July 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2005

Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Men and women aged between 19 and 65 years, nonsmokers
  • Group A: Patients with Graves´ Ophthalmopathy (moderate to severe and active ophthalmopathy; i.e. clinical activity score >3 or =3) suitable for high-dose treatment with prednisolone as assessed by an independent ophthalmologist
  • Group B: Patients with acute onset of optic neuritis suitable for high-dose treatment with prednisolone suitable for high-dose treatment with prednisolone as assessed by the ophthalmologist
  • Normal laboratory values unless the investigator considers an abnormality to be clinically irrelevant and not to interfere with prednisolone treatment (normal liver blood parameter and hepatitis serology).
  • Ametropy of less than 3 dpt.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Regular use of medication which could interfere with the study objectives, especially treatment with vasoactive drugs
  • Active peptic ulcer or insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
  • Hepatitis or elevated hepatic blood parameters
  • Abuse of alcoholic beverages, participation in a clinical trial in the 3 weeks preceding the study
  • Symptoms of a clinically relevant illness in the 3 weeks before the first study day
  • Blood donation during the previous 3 weeks
  • Pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00312325

Department of Clinical Pharmacology
Vienna, Austria, 1090
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of Vienna
Principal Investigator: Gabriele Fuchsjaeger-Mayrl, M.D. Medical University of Vienna
  More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00312325     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OPHT-030602 
Study First Received: April 6, 2006
Last Updated: April 7, 2006
Health Authority: Austria: Federal Ministry for Health and Women

Keywords provided by Medical University of Vienna:
Optic nerve head blood flow
Choroidal blood flow
Graves´ Ophthalmopathy
optic neuritis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Methylprednisolone acetate
Prednisolone acetate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Autonomic Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Neuroprotective Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protective Agents
Therapeutic Uses

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