Corticosteroids for pneumonia

Added October 25, 2013

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There is still insufficient evidence on efficacy and safety of corticosteroids in patients with pneumonia. The current available evidence suggests that corticosteroids in patients with pneumonia are usually helpful in accelerating the time to symptom resolution.

The use of corticosteroids is associated with improved immune regulation, stress response, electrolyte balance, carbohydrate and protein catabolism, however, their benefit in patients with pneumonia is still unclear. The aim of this review was to assess the efficacy and safety of corticosteroids in the treatment of pneumonia.