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Neurology. 1989 Sep;39(9):1255-7.

Initial bolus of conventional versus high-dose dexamethasone in metastatic spinal cord compression.

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Department of Neurology, Dr. Daniel den Hoed Cancer Center, Rotterdam,The Netherlands.


We randomly assigned dexamethasone in an initial bolus of 10 mg IV or 100 mg IV followed by 16 mg daily orally to 37 patients with metastatic spinal cord compression. The average pain score before the start of treatment was 5.2 (SD = 2.8) and decreased significantly (p less than 0.001) to 3.8 at 3 hrs, 2.8 at 24 hrs, and 1.4 after 1 week. There were no differences between the conventional and high-dose group on pain, ambulation, or bladder function.

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