Table 2

Selected changes after 10 days in the 40 subjects

Percentage change after 10 days follow up (result at 10 days)
Placebo (n=18)Steroid (n=20)p value*
Results expressed as mean ± SD.
*Wilcoxon rank sum test.
Heart rate (beats/min)−4.3±1.9 (80±16)−6.5±2.0 (68±5)0.0027
Systolic blood pressure (mm Hg)+20.9±18.1 (110±9)+33.4±13.5 (122±7)0.0114
Diastolic blood pressure (mm Hg)+22.5±19.3 (64±7)+28.7±19.9 (68±5)0.13
Body temperature (°C)−4.3±1.9 (37.5±0.5)−7.5±2.3 (36.1±0.6)0.0001
Serum creatine kinase (IU)−83.3±12.2 (631±316)−98.8±1.5 (56±17)<0.0001
White blood cell count (per mm3)−44.2±10.8 (9451±2226)−52.2±15.6 (7339±1946)0.0326