EFFICACY OF DEXAMETHASONE PULSE THERAPY IN PROGRESSIVE SYSTEMIC SCLEROSIS

BALLAMBAT SATHISH PAI, CHAKRAVARTHI R. SRINIVAS, LAKSHMINARAYANAN SABITHA, SHRUTAKIRTHI D. SHENOI, CHANDRASEKHARAN N. BALACHANDRAN, SANDHYA ACHARYA

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Abstract

Background. Systemic sclerosis is a disease of unknown etiology for which no specific treatment is effective. Pulse therapy with corticosteroids has been tried for various autoimmune disorders with minimal side effects. We undertook this study to determine the efficacy of dexamethasone pulse therapy in progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS). Methods. Five women with PSS between the ages 30 and 60 years, received 100 mg dexamethasone in 500 mL of 5% dextrose by slow intravenous infusion over 3 hours for 3 consecutive days, once a month. Results. All patients had symptomatic and clinical improvement. The vital capacity improved in three and posttreatment histopathologic regression was seen in two patients. Conclusions. Dexamethasone pulse therapy may provide an additional option for treating systemic sclerosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-728
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Volume34
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-1995

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PAI, BALLAMBAT. SATHISH., SRINIVAS, CHAKRAVARTHI. R., SABITHA, LAKSHMINARAYANAN., SHENOI, SHRUTAKIRTHI. D., BALACHANDRAN, CHANDRASEKHARAN. N., & ACHARYA, SANDHYA. (1995). EFFICACY OF DEXAMETHASONE PULSE THERAPY IN PROGRESSIVE SYSTEMIC SCLEROSIS. International Journal of Dermatology, 34(10), 726-728. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-4362.1995.tb04664.x