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Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Obesity:
doi: 10.1097/MED.0b013e32834edab5
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: Edited by Lynne L Levitsky

Recent research on inhaled corticosteroids and growth

Roizen, Jeffrey; Alter, Craig; Bamba, Vaneeta

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Abstract

Purpose of review: Description of recent studies evaluating growth and inhaled corticosteroids.

Recent findings: Corticosteroids are the gold standard of asthma maintenance treatment, but effects on growth remain controversial. This is a review of recent research in this area, which has focused on medications causing less adrenal suppression as well as alternative regimens for chronic illness such as asthma.

Summary: The use of newer corticosteroids and regimens shows short-term evidence of minimal growth effects without worsening of asthma control.

© 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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