Real-world outcomes of long-term prednisone and deflazacort use in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: experience at a single, large care center

Written by Jessica R Marden, Jonathan Freimark, Zhiwen Yao, James Signorovitch, Cuixia Tian & Brenda L Wong

Aim: To assess outcomes among patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy receiving deflazacort or prednisone in real-world practice. Methods: Clinical data for 435 boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center were studied retrospectively using time-to-event and regression analyses. Results: Median ages at loss of ambulation were 15.6 and 13.5 years among deflazacort- and prednisone-initiated patients, respectively. Deflazacort was also associated with a lower risk of scoliosis and better ambulatory function, greater % lean body mass, shorter stature and lower weight, after adjusting for age and steroid duration. No differences were observed in whole body bone mineral density or...

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