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Change in type-2 biomarkers and related cytokines with prednisolone in uncontrolled severe oral corticosteroid dependent asthmatics: An interventional open-label study

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© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2019. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ. Type-2 biomarkers and related cytokines (IL-5, IL-13), lung function and asthma symptoms were measured in 44 poorly-controlled severe oral corticosteroid (OCS)-dependent asthmatics for up to 88 days after a 7-day prednisolone boost (0.5 mg/kg). High-dose OCS reduced median blood eosinophils (-60 cells/μl; 95% CI -140 to 10), periostin (-8.4 ng/mL; -11.6 to -2.8), FeNO (-19.0 ppb; -28.5 to -4.0), IL-5 (-0.17 pg/mL; -0.28 to -0.08) and IL-13 (-0.15 pg/mL; -0.27 to -0.03). There were small improvements in mean FEV 1 (0.16 L; 0.05 to 0.27) and (Asthma Control Questionnaire) ACQ-7 score (0.3; 0.0 to 0.7). Study measures returned to baseline 1-month postintervention. Following rescue OCS, 1 month is sufficient before using type-2 biomarkers to guide long-term treatment. Trial registration number: NCT01948401.

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Author(s): Busby J, Holweg CTJ, Chai A, Bradding P, Cai F, Chaudhuri R, Mansur AH, Lordan JL, Matthews JG, Menzies-Gow A, Niven R, Staton T, Heaney LG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Thorax

Year: 2019

Volume: 74

Issue: 8

Pages: 806-809

Print publication date: 01/08/2019

Online publication date: 02/04/2019

Acceptance date: 25/02/2019

ISSN (print): 0040-6376

ISSN (electronic): 1468-3296

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-212709


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