Children with Steroid-resistant Nephrotic Syndrome: Long-term Outcomes of Sequential Steroid Therapy

Biomed Environ Sci. 2016 Sep;29(9):650-655. doi: 10.3967/bes2016.087.


Objective: This study aimed to investigate the long-term outcomes in children with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS), who received methylprednisolone pulse therapy (MPT)-based sequential steroid therapy. In particular, we aimed to observe whether these patients had a high risk of adverse events.

Methods: We conducted a retrospective study over a 5-year period. The long-term outcomes for children with SRNS receiving sequential therapy were observed.

Results: Sixty-three children were diagnosed with SRNS and underwent MPT-based sequential steroid therapy. Thirty-five (55.6%) achieved complete or partial remission, 19 (30.2%) of whom were in remission even after treatment cessation at last review. The mean time to initial remission after MPT was 24.3±13.1 days. Forty-nine children (77.8%) experienced relapses, of whom 31 (49.2%) demonstrated a frequent relapsing course. Adverse effects relevant to MPT were generally mild and infrequent. Five patients (7.9%) complained of vomiting or nausea during MPT infusion; 25 (39.7%) experienced excessive weight gain and developed an obvious Cushingoid appearance; and 26 (41.3%) had poor growth associated with long-term steroid use. Twenty-eight patients (44.4%) failed to respond to MPT, of whom 21 (33.3%) achieved complete or partial remission with immunosuppressive agents.

Conclusion: MPT-based sequential steroid therapy appears to be a safe and effective method for inducing rapid remission in childhood SRNS. Further clinical studies are needed to comprehensively evaluate this therapy.

Keywords: Clinical outcome; Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis; Methylprednisolone; Minimal change disease; Steroid resistance.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Drug Resistance*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methylprednisolone / administration & dosage*
  • Methylprednisolone / adverse effects
  • Nephrotic Syndrome / drug therapy*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Methylprednisolone