Infection risks highlighted for steroids in GCA & polymyalgia rheumatica

Infection rates in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica or giant cell arteritis (GCA) are strongly associated with daily and cumulative doses of oral glucocorticoids. A large study of almost 40,000 adult patients in the UK has found all types of infection were higher during periods of steroid use than periods of non-use. Most patients (82%) had ...

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