The use of rhDNAse in severely ill, non-intubated adult asthmatics refractory to bronchodilators: A pilot study
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Symptomatic asthmatics aged 18-55 years presenting to an Emergency Department with an FEV(1) < 60% predicted after 2 nebulized albuterol and ipratropium treatments were included. Patients were randomized into one of three nebulized rhDNAse treatment groups of 2.5, 5.0 or 7.5 mg, or placebo. Standardized bronchodilator therapy was continued throughout the protocol and the FEV(1) at 6 h was the primary study endpoint.
50 patients were enrolled. There were no significant differences in FEV(1)% predicted between the rhDNAse and placebo patients at any of the post-randomization time points. The dose of rhDNAse administered did not influence response. In a post-hoc stratification, patients with the lowest pre-randomization FEV(1) tended to improve more from rhDNAse, particularly at times 60 and 120 min post-randomization.
In this pilot study rhDNAse did not cause clinical improvement among severely ill adults refractory to standardized care. The observed trend to higher FEV(1) among the most severely obstructed patients is an exploratory finding that may warrant further study. This clinical trial was registered as NCT00169962 under the name "Study of Pulmozyme to Treat Severe Asthma Episodes".
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