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Oral Prednisolone in Severe Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Information source: H˘pital Universitaire Fattouma Bourguiba
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Condition(s) targeted: COPD Exacerbation

Intervention: Prednisolone (Drug); usual care (Drug)

Phase: Phase 3

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: H˘pital Universitaire Fattouma Bourguiba

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Fekri Abroug, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: CHU F.Bourguiba Monastir

Overall contact:
Fekri Abroug, MD, Phone: +21673460672, Email: f.abroug@rns.tn


Evaluation of systematic administration of oral prednisolone (1mg/Kg/day) as an add on therapy in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) for severe exacerbation of COPD. Patients with pneumonia are excluded. Randomization is stratified according to ventilatory support: non invasive or conventional ventilation. The major outcome is the ICU mortality rate in overall population and stratified according to ventilatory mode (noninvasive ventilation (NIV) versus conventional). Secondary outcomes are superinfection necessitating a new antibiotic course, Length of mechanical ventilation (MV) (and ventilatory free days), Length of ICU stay, The frequency of gastric bleeding episodes that of frequency of hyperglycemic episodes.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Prospective Randomized Trial of Systemic Corticosteroids (Oral Prednisolone) in Severe Exacerbation of COPD Requiring Ventilatory Assistance

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: ICU mortality rate

Secondary outcome: Length of MV (and ventilatory free days)


Minimum age: N/A. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- All COPD patients (according to the ATS definition) experiencing acute exacerbation

originating in acute respiratory failure and requiring ICU admission will be included in the study. COPD exacerbation is defined by the increased frequency of cough, volume and purulence of sputum and that of wheeze. Acute respiratory failure is defined by the presence of hypercapnia with PaCO2 >45mmHg associated with pH > 7. 35 and signs of respiratory muscle fatigue (contraction of accessory respiratory muscles, thoracoabdominal swinging ,..). Exclusion Criteria:

- Asthmatic patients defined by a reversible obstructive disease following nebulized


- Patients with uncontrolled left heart failure,

- AECOPD patients with a radiologically documented pneumonia,

- Systemic corticotherapy within 30 days before screening,

- contra-indication to corticosteroids (active gastroduodenal ulcer, uncontrolled

sepsis, etc. ..)

Locations and Contacts

Fekri Abroug, MD, Phone: +21673460672, Email: f.abroug@rns.tn

CHU F.Bourguiba, Monastir 5000, Tunisia; Recruiting
Fekri Abroug, MD, Phone: +21673460672, Email: f.abroug@rns.tn
Lamia Besbes, MD, Sub-Investigator
Fahmi Dachraoui, MD, Sub-Investigator
Islem Ouanes, MD, Sub-Investigator
Additional Information

Related publications:

Chang KC, Leung CC, Kong FY. Corticosteroid administration and treatment failure in acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. JAMA. 2010 Oct 13;304(14):1554; author reply 1554-6. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1438.

Gunen H, Mirici A, Meral M, Akg├╝n M. Steroids in acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: are nebulized and systemic forms comparable? Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2009 Mar;15(2):133-7. doi: 10.1097/MCP.0b013e32832185da. Review.

Starting date: April 2010
Last updated: May 12, 2011

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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