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August 1978

Complications of Corticosteroid Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Maricopa County General Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(8):806-810. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120330078018

• The complications of corticosteroid therapy in children are protean. Perhaps the most important of these are adrenal insufficiency after withdrawal of steroids, immunosuppression, and growth failure. The physician who is caring for a child receiving corticosteroids must be aware of these common complications as well as the many less frequent side effects, such as cataracts, pseudotumor cerebri, pancreatitis, and steroid myopathy, to name a few. In all children, the risk of using corticosteroids should be weighed carefully before therapy with these agents is begun.

(Am J Dis Child 132:806-810, 1978)