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Effect of High-Dose Glucocorticosteroid Treatment for Infantile Spasms on Quantitative Bone Parameters Later in Life.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21778189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This study evaluated possible long-term effects of prolonged high-dose glucocorticosteroid administration in infancy. Thirty patients (16 male, 14 female; age 4.8-33 years) who had completed treatment with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) followed by glucocorticoids for infantile spasms at a tertiary pediatric hospital at least 2 years previously were invited to undergo quantitative bone ultrasound. The mean speed of sound Z score was -1.085 ± 1.079 for the radius and -0.22 ± 1.19 for the tibia on the nondominant side (P = .0022). The difference from the reference mean (0) was statistically significant for the radius (P < .001). There were no significant differences in radial or tibial mean speed of sound Z scores by age (prepubertal versus pubertal/postpubertal). In conclusion, a high percentage of patients treated with glucocorticoids for infantile spasms have a low radial speed of sound Z score later in life. Long-term follow-up can help to prevent and treat impairments in bone density, especially in non-weight-bearing organs.
Tal Eidlitz-Markus; Sarah Kivity; Hadassa Goldberg-Stern; Yishai Haimi-Cohen; Avraham Zeharia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of child neurology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1708-8283     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-7-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8606714     Medline TA:  J Child Neurol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Pediatrics E/Ambulatory Day Care Center, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel, Petach Tikva, Israel.
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