Systemic glucocorticoids treatment: practical view

Authors: Michal Kršek
Authors‘ workplace: III. interní klinika – klinika endokrinologie a metabolizmu 1. LF UK a VFN Praha, přednosta prof. MUDr. Štěpán Svačina, DrSc., MBA
Published in: Vnitř Lék 2015; 61(10): 905-913
Category: Reviews


Glucocorticoids are derivatives of natural human glucocorticoid cortisol. There are used for treatment of a number of diseases and disorders for more than 65 years mainly because of their immunosuppressive properties. However, their use is accompanied by various side effects that have to be considered when treating patients. The article summarizes biological effects of glucocorticoids, main indications for their use, their side effects and precautions ne­cessary to bear in mind during treatment.

Key words:
glucocorticoids – side effects – treatment


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