Table 3 Adverse effects of intravenous methylprednisolone
Adverse effectNumber (%)
Hypertension5 (10)
Hypothermia3 (6)
Sinus bradycardia3 (6)
Rectal bleeding0
Fibular nerve paralysis*1 (2)
  • 48 patients were given IVMP: 44 had IVMP as 2nd-line therapy, and four were non-responders to additional intravenous immunoglobulin who were given IVMP as 3rd-line therapy. Hypertension, ⩾130 mm Hg systolic blood pressure; hypothermia, ⩽35°C; sinus bradycardia, (<60/min). No adverse effect requiring treatment was noted.

  • *Causal association with IVMP uncertain.