Role of Methyl Prednisolone in Longitudinal Extensive Transverse Myelitis (LETM) in Children

Methyl Prednisolone in Longitudinal Extensive Transverse Myelitis

  • Muhammad Azeem Ashfaq Department of Paediatric Neurology, The Children's hospital & ICH Lahore
  • Iram Javed, Assistant Professor Department of Paediatric Neurology, The Children's hospital Faisalabad
  • Muhammad Arshad Associate professor Sargodha medical college
  • Muhammad Rizwan Yaseen Assisstant professor Government college university Faisalabad
Keywords: Longitudinal Extensive transverse myelitis, Efficacy, Methyl prednisolone

Abstract

Objective: The role of methyl prednisolone in longitudinal extensive transverse myelitis in children is not completely discovered in developing country like Pakistan. So this is the first study which aimed to evaluate the efficacy of methyl prednisolone in longitudinal extensive transverse myelitis in children.

Methods: This is quasi experimental hospital based descriptive prospective study. The data was collected from 34 children admitted in Paediatric Neurology department through Outpatient/emergency department in Children’s Hospital and the Institute of Child Health, Lahore for period of one year from January 2018 to December 2018. The children full filling the inclusion criteria were observed before and after giving injection methyl prednisolone 30mg/kg/dose (maximum dose one Gram irrespective of the body weight) once daily for five days in the form of intravenous infusion.

Results: Complete recovery was seen in 41.2% while 58.8% showed partial recovery. The correlation of response to treatment (recovery) with gender, area of spinal cord involvement, muscle power and autonomic dysfunction is found at significance level of five percent according to Chi square test.

Conclusion: Early consideration and administration of methyl prednisolone in longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis in children can be beneficial and can help to reduce the morbidity.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.3.1232

How to cite this:
Ashfaq MA, Javed I, Arshad M, Yaseen MR. Role of Methyl Prednisolone in Longitudinal Extensive Transverse Myelitis (LETM) in Children. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(3):451-455. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.3.1232

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Published
2020-03-04
Section
Original Articles