High-dose oral methylprednisolone therapy in childhood hemangiomas

Uysal K., Olgun N., Erbay A., Sarialioglu F.

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY, vol.18, no.5, pp.335-341, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/088800101300312609
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.335-341
  • Keywords: corticosteroids, hemangiomas, high-dose methylprednisolone, subglottic hemangioma, MEGADOSE METHYLPREDNISOLONE, MERRITT SYNDROME, CHILDREN, INFANCY, CARE
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The authors report their experience with high-close oral methylprednisolone therapy (HDMP) in 15 infants with complicated hemangiomas. The starting dose for methylprednisolone was 30 mg/kg/day for 5 days, then the dose was tapered gradually every 5 days to 20, 10, 5, 2.5 and finally to 1 mg/ kg/day. Therapy was then stopped and the patients were followed. An initial response was evident in 12 patients. Nine out Of 12 responders showed regrowth signs. After regrowth, 4 cases received prednisolone at doses between 1 to 5 mg/kg/day and 3 patients received a second course with HDMP cls additional corticosteroid therapy. Overall, 9 out of 15 cases were responders; very good and good responses were obtained in 5, partial response in 4, and therapy failure in 5 cases. One child was not available for evaluation of response. A very rapid initial response was observed in subglottic and periocular hemangiomas. Side effects were not serious and resolved after discontinuation of treat?,lent. Although the number of patients is small in this study overall response rate with HDMP regimen seems not to be superior to the regimens that use lower doses (5 mg/kg/day), but it provides a high initial response rate and the duration of therapy is short. Therefore, it may be useful for treating hemangiomas that fail to respond with low doses, especially in centers with limited resources where other treatment modalities cannot be used at the moment.