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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34590504


Background: An ongoing longitudinal study in six European sites includes a 3-monthly assessment of forced vital capacity (FVC), slow vital capacity (SVC), peak cough flow (PCF), and Sniff nasal inspiratory pressure (SNIP). The aim of this interim analysis was to assess the potential for SNIP to be a surrogate for aerosol generating procedures given COVID-19 related restrictions. Methods: This was a prospective observational study. Patients attending six study sites with King's Stage 2 or 3 ALS completed baseline FVC/SVC/SNIP/PCF and repeated assessments 3 monthly. Data were collected from March 2018 to March 2020, after which a COVID-19 related study suspension was imposed. Correlations between the measures were calculated. A Bayesian multiple outcomes random-effects model was constructed to investigate rates of decline across measures. Results: In total, 270 cases and 828 assessments were included (Mean age 65.2 ± 15.4 years; 32.6% Female; 60% Kings stage 2; 81.1% spinal onset). FVC and SVC were the most closely correlated outcomes (0.95). SNIP showed the least correlation with other metrics 0.53 (FVC), 0.54 (SVC), 0.60 (PCF). All four measures significantly declined over time. SNIP in the bulbar onset group showed the fastest rate of decline. Discussion: SNIP was not well correlated with FVC and SVC, probably because it examines a different aspect of respiratory function. Respiratory measures declined over time, but differentially according to the site of onset. SNIP is not a surrogate for FVC and SVC, but is a complementary measure, declining linearly and differentiating spinal and bulbar onset patients.

Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral , COVID-19 , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral/diagnóstico , Teorema de Bayes , Feminino , Humanos , Estudos Longitudinais , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , SARS-CoV-2 , Capacidade Vital
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32627599


OBJECTIVE: A recent case-series described patients with ALS to improve and/or stabilize after treatment with intravenous high-dose Penicillin G/Hydrocortisone (PenGH). In this study, we determine the safety and efficacy of intravenous PenGH versus placebo in combination with riluzole in patients with ALS. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with ALS according to the El Escorial criteria were randomized double-blind to four quarterly cycles of 21 d of intravenous PenGH or placebo in a 5:3 ratio. The primary outcome was change from baseline to week 48 in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Functional Rating Scale-Revised (ALSFRS-R). Secondary outcomes were lung function, muscle strength, plasma creatinine, clinical stage, gastrostomy placement, quality of life and occurrence of adverse of events. RESULTS: In total, 16 patients were randomized (10 PenGH and 6 placebo), of which 6 (40%) completed the study. Patients treated with PenGH progressed with 2.2 (95% CI 1.1-3.3) ALSFRS-R points per month and PenGH treatment did not halt disease progression (p = 0.002). No significant differences were found between PenGH or placebo (mean difference 0.5, 95% CI -1.01 to ∞, p = 0.28). Although PenGH was well-tolerated, 6 patients (38%, 3 in each arm) had thrombotic complications due to the intravenous administration method. CONCLUSIONS: Treatment with PenGH does not halt disease or reverse progression in patients with ALS and showed no statistical difference with those who received placebo. Prolonged intravenous administration therapies may inflate thrombosis risk.

Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral , Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral/tratamento farmacológico , Método Duplo-Cego , Humanos , Hidrocortisona , Penicilina G , Qualidade de Vida
J Neurol ; 266(10): 2387-2395, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31187191


BACKGROUND: The extensive heterogeneity between patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) complicates the quantification of disease progression. In this study, we determine the value of remote, accelerometer-based monitoring of physical activity in patients with ALS. METHODS: This longitudinal cohort study was conducted in a home-based setting; all study materials were sent by mail. Patients wore the ActiGraph during waking hours for 7 days every 2-3 months and provided information regarding their daily functioning (ALSFRS-R). We defined four accelerometer-based endpoints that either reflect the average daily activity or quantify the patient's physical capacity. RESULTS: A total of 42 patients participated; the total valid monitoring period was 9288 h with a 93.0% adherence rate. At baseline, patients were active 27.9% (range 11.6-52.4%) of their time; this declined by 0.64% (95% 0.43-0.86, p < 0.001) per month. Accelerometer-based endpoints were strongly associated with the ALSFRS-R (r 0.78, 95% CI 0.63-0.92, p < 0.001), but showed less variability over time than the ALSFRS-R (coefficient of variation 0.64-0.81 vs. 1.06, respectively). Accelerometer-based endpoints could reduce sample size by 30.3% for 12-month trials and 44.6% for 18-month trials; for trials lasting less than 9 months, the ALSFRS-R resulted in smaller sample sizes. CONCLUSION: Accelerometry is an objective method for quantifying disease progression, which could obtain real-world insights in the patient's physical functioning and may personalize the delivery of care. In addition, remote monitoring provides patients with the opportunity to participate in clinical trials from home, paving the way to a patient-centric clinical trial model.

Acelerometria/normas , Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral/diagnóstico , Esclerose Amiotrófica Lateral/fisiopatologia , Progressão da Doença , Exercício Físico , Monitorização Ambulatorial/normas , Idoso , Exercício Físico/fisiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Estudos Longitudinais , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes