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Methods We performed a retrospective analysis to determine the prevalence of adrenal suppression due to prescribed GCs and the utility of a morning serum cortisol for rapid assessment of adrenal reserve in the routine clinical setting. Introduction Glucocorticoids GC have a diverse array of functions affecting every tissue in the body.
Results Overall, patients Table 1 The results of SSTs in patients divided according to indication. Adrenal suppression due to prescribed GCs In total, SSTs were performed to determine adrenal reserve in patients who had been prescribed GC therapy indications 1 and 2 of Table 1. Table 2 The impact of glucocorticoid therapy status upon SST results.
Discussion In this study we have demonstrated a high prevalence of adrenal insufficiency associated with GC treatment in the largest cohort described to date, with an alarming prevalence in those patients taking GC therapy for non-endocrine disease. Declaration of interest The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest that could be perceived as prejudicing the impartiality of the research reported.
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Close View raw image Excluding patients with underlying pituitary, adrenal or CNS disease, current glucocorticoid therapy is associated with increased rates of SST failure A. View raw image Baseline serum cortisol as a predictor of min cortisol levels during an SST. View raw image Putative algorithm to aid in the rationalization of assessment of the HPA axis in patients taking inhaled glucocorticoids.
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Pituitary adenoma without surgery or radiotherapy. Aldosterone helps maintain the right amounts of salt, potassium and water in the body. While on steroids, the body often produces less of these hormones naturally, and after coming off the drugs it can take a while for natural production to ramp back up. The result is adrenal insufficiency, which can be treated with medication to replace cortisol or aldosterone.
Dekkers and colleagues analyzed 74 research articles published from to , covering a total of study participants, to see how different doses and types of corticosteroid treatment might impact the likelihood of developing adrenal insufficiency after treatment. Researchers found the risk of adrenal insufficiency was highest when corticosteroids were taken orally or injected, and lower with inhaled, nasal or topical treatment.
When they looked just at patients using steroids for asthma, the researchers found that the risk of adrenal insufficiency was about 7 percent with inhaled corticosteroids, but about 44 percent with other formulations including oral medication. Only about 2 percent of asthma patients on the lowest dose of steroids experienced adrenal insufficiency, compared with about 22 percent on the highest doses. Similarly, slightly more than 1 percent of asthma patients on short-term steroids developed adrenal insufficiency, compared with about 27 percent on long-term treatment.
There is no way to safely halt treatment with corticosteroids that can rule out the potential for adrenal insufficiency, Dekkers said. The side effect is more likely when patients take higher doses of steroids or remain on treatment for longer than three weeks, said Dr.