As we all know, steroids form one of the essential set of medications that are used across a variety of different specialties, and certainly are not easily replaced. For all the benefits, they bring with them a large suitcase full of side effects, and the Otolaryngololic Clinics of America bring us a review to remind us of them.
Here are some of the key things to know:
- morphologic changes
- poor wound healing
- deranged bone metabolism
- cataracts and glaucoma
- skin changes
- peptic ulcers
- adrenal suppression
- vascular disease
The article goes on to describe each of these in excellent detail, and has a great table summarising the above. Hard to remember all of these off the top of your head to start out, so there are a few mnemonics out there to help – personally, I’m a fan of MR. CUSHINGOID (modified from another mnemonic):
Muscles/myopathy | Mental state
Reduced wound healing
Cataracts | Central adiposity
Skin | Suppression
Hypertension | Hyperglycaemia
That covers the main ones, but certainly it’s worth reading the article to give yourself a full update. Read it at the source here.
If you’ve got a better mnemonic or think there is more to add, don’t forget to add a comment or send us an email.