Low-dose desoxycorticosterone pivalate treatment of hypoadrenocorticism in dogs: A randomized controlled clinical trial

11 de junho de 2021

Tratamento de hipoadrecocorticismo em cães com dose baixa de pivalato de desoxicorticoesterona: um estudo controlado e randomizado


Alysha M. Vincent, Linda K. Okonkowski, Jean M. Brudvig, Kent R. Refsal, Nora Berghoff, N. Bari Olivier, Daniel K. Langlois


Background: Desoxycorticosterone pivalate (DOCP) is a commonly used mineralocorticoid replacement for dogs with primary hypoadrenocorticism (HA), but manufacturer-recommended dosing protocols can be cost-prohibitive. Recent reports also have raised concerns that label dose protocols could be excessive.
Objective: To investigate the relative efficacy and adverse effects of 2 DOCP dosages in dogs with primary glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid deficient HA.
Animals: Thirty-seven dogs, including 19 test population dogs and 18 controls.
Methods: Randomized controlled double-blinded clinical trial. Dogs with newly diagnosed primary HA were assigned to standard (2.2 mg/kg q30d, control population) or low-dose (1.1 mg/kg q30d, test population) DOCP treatment. Clinical and laboratory variables were assessed 10 to 14 days and approximately 30 days after each DOCP treatment for 90 days.
Results: Mean serum sodium to potassium ratios at reevaluations were ≥32 in both populations throughout the study. No dog developed electrolyte abnormalities warranting medical treatment, although hypokalemia occurred on at least 1 occasion in 9 controls and 6 test population dogs. Urine specific gravities (median, interquartile range) were lower in control dogs (1.022, 1.016-1.029) as compared to test population dogs (1.033, 1.023-1.039; P = .006). Plasma renin activity was overly suppressed on 84 of 104 (80.8%) assessments in control dogs whereas increased renin activity occurred on 23 of 112 (20.5%) assessments in test population dogs.
Conclusions and Clinical Importance: Low-dose DOCP protocols appear to be safe and effective for treatment of HA in most dogs. Standard-dose protocols are more likely to result in biochemical evidence of overtreatment.


Addison's disease, aldosterone, DOCP, renin

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Doença de Addison, aldosterona, DOCP, renina

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