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Systemic Steroids Reduce Mortality in COVID-19

Oct 06, 2020 12:57 pm

JAMA Internal Medicine reports an analysis of COVID-19 clinical trials showing that critically ill patients with COVID-19 treated with systemic corticosteroids have an overall lower mortality rate.

This meta-analysis included 7 randomized trials, 1703 patients who were randomized to receive systemic dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, or methylprednisolone (678 patients) or to receive usual care or placebo (1025 patients).

They found 222 deaths among the 678 patients randomized to corticosteroids and 425 deaths among the 1025 patients randomized to usual care or placebo (summary OR, 0.66 [95% CI, 0.53-0.82]; P < .001). 

Among the 6 trials that reported serious adverse events, 64 events occurred among 354 patients randomized to corticosteroids and 80 events occurred among 342 patients randomized to usual care or placebo.

This prospective meta-analysis shows that systemic corticosteroids in critically ill patients with COVID-19 was associated with a lower 28-day all-cause mortality.

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