Oral corticosteroid bursts and severe adverse events: a critical appraisal.

Short-term corticosteroids are commonly used to treat various dermatoses. Previous study has indicated oral corticosteroids < 30 days duration increased the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleedings, fractures, venous thromboembolism and sepsis.1 However, data on the risk of steroid bursts, defined as steroid use ≤ 14 days, remain scarce.

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Authors: S-C Shao, L-T Kuo, E C-C Lai, C-C Chi