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Recent research on inhaled corticosteroids and growth

Roizen, Jeffrey; Alter, Craig; Bamba, Vaneeta

Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Obesity: February 2012 - Volume 19 - Issue 1 - p 53–56
doi: 10.1097/MED.0b013e32834edab5
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: Edited by Lynne L Levitsky

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.

Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, USA

Correspondence to Vaneeta Bamba, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th and Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. Tel: +1 267 426 7519; fax: +1 215 590 3053; e-mail: bamba@email.chop.edu

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