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Hu J.,Fujian Medical University | Hu J.,Key Laboratory of Child Development and Disorders | Hu J.,Key Laboratory of Pediatrics Chongqing | Hu J.,Chongqing Medical University | And 23 more authors.
Muscle and Nerve | Year: 2015

Introduction: In this study we aimed to determine the influence of daily prednisone treatment in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by performing a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in southwestern China. Methods: Sixty-six children with DMD (4-12 years of age) were divided randomly into prednisone and placebo groups. Efficacy and safety of daily prednisone at 0.75 mg/kg/day were evaluated over 12 months by muscle strength and function, quality of life (QoL), quantitative muscle ultrasound (QMUS), and side effects. Results: Significant improvements in muscle strength and function, QoL, and QMUS were observed in the prednisone group compared with the placebo-treated group (P < 0.05). Changes in body weight, height, body mass index, and diastolic blood pressure were similar in both groups (P > 0.05). Conclusions: This pilot study in southwestern China found that daily prednisone at 0.75 mg/kg/day is suitable for children with DMD. It slowed disease progression and improved QoL and QMUS. Moderate side effects were generally well tolerated. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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