The treatment of steroid sensitive nephrotic syndrome U D Mahamithawa1 Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2002; 31: 60-2 (Key words: steroid sensitive nephrotic syndrome, SSNS, treatment)
Due to an oversight, a part of the above article was
omitted from the last issue of the journal. We are now
Children with frequent relapses usually remain
Frequently relapsing and steroid dependent MCNS
There are no randomized controlled trials
These children are difficult to treat and develop steroid
comparing repeated courses of standard relapse
toxicity. The first step in management is to identify
therapy with long term low dose alternate day
frequent relapsers and steroid dependence accurately, using the definitions given. This requires the
prednisolone therapy for frequent relapses.
paediatrician to spend time evaluating the course of the
disease and the treatment given throughout. The
definitions are applicable only if standard relapse
treatment has been used in the preceding relapses.
cyclosporin or levamisole substantially reduce
Cyclosporin and levamisole effectively induce
The relative efficacy of levamisole is not known. In the
remission, but are unable to sustain this effect
University Paediatric unit, at the Lady Ridgeway
Hospital for Children, we have been using this drug
since 1993. A 10 year review of 110 children with
There is insufficient data at present to show that
SSNS followed up by us showed that levamisole was
alkylating agents are more effective than
able to induce remissions lasting 2 years or longer and
cyclosporin or levamisole in reducing the
there was no statistically significant difference in
efficacy when compared with cyclophosphamide14.
However, it appears as though levamisole is more effective in the milder forms of the disease. We have not
encountered any serious side effects with this drug to
Treatment protocol for children with SSNS
This protocol is a modified version of the guidelines
set out by the British Association for Paediatric
This drug is nephrotoxic and therefore can be used only
if facilities are available to monitor drug levels very
regularly. The Medical Research Institute has recently
commenced assessing blood levels of cyclosporin, but
this is done only on 2 specified days of the week. The
very high cost of the drug and the problems of assessing
blood levels regularly makes it difficult for us, in Sri
1Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine,
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