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Br Med J. 1972 Dec 9;4(5840):576-80.

Multicentre, short-term therapeutic trial of disodium cromoglycate, with and without prednisone, in adults with asthma.


A total of 117 asthmatic patients were studied in a double-blind, cross-over trial with half-periods of three weeks in which disodium cromoglycate (D.S.C.G.) was compared with an inactive preparation. D.S.C.G. improved spirometric measurements, at a very high level of statistical significance, more than did placebo. The mean advantage of D.S.C.G. was less than 10% after three weeks. Symptomatic improvement by D.S.C.G. was small though significant; it was not correlated with spirometric improvement. A history of chronic cough was the only clinical characteristic associated with a better-than-average spirometric response to D.S.C.G.

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