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Evidence-Based Dermatology: Research Commentary
Apr 2012

Safety of Topical Corticosteroid Use During Pregnancy

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(4):525-527. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.1448

Commentary on: Systematic review of the safety of topical corticosteroids in pregnancyChi CC, Wang SH, Kirtschig G, Wojnarowska F J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010;62(4):694-705.

Question: Pregnant women may have skin conditions that require topical corticosteroid use. Is topical corticosteroid use safe during pregnancy?

Data Sources: A systematic review was performed of studies on the safety of topical corticosteroid use during pregnancy. Seventeen databases and trial registers were searched, and pharmaceutical companies were contacted. Randomized controlled cohort studies and case-control studies of pregnant women with topical corticosteroid use were included.

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