Corticosteroid treatment in rheumatology tends to be presently somewhat restricted both in its indications and dosage, after the first striking successes and enthusiastic wide use. The number of cases treated by these preparations is still so large that a critical analysis of this therapy in rheumatoid arthritis seems to be appropriate. High dose corticosteroids do not cure any disease; on the contrary, they change the course by modifying the reactivity of the organism. A long-term treatment moreover produces side effects, sometimes severe, which are discussed here. In planning the therapeutic program, the use of corticosteroids is unadvisable before trying other antiphlogistic drugs. It is also important to perform a correct withdrawal of the corticosteroids after a long-term therapy.
|Translated title of the contribution||Corticosteroid treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (preliminary report)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||La Chirurgia degli organi di movimento|
|Publication status||Published - 1977|
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