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Glucocorticoids may increase risk of serious blood infection

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3230 (Published 09 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3230
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Current users of systemic glucocorticoids experienced 2.5 times higher odds of infection with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria than non-users, a Danish study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings has found.1

Glucocorticoids are potent immunosuppressive drugs used widely in treating acute and chronic conditions across almost all clinical specialties.

The researchers used medical registries in northern Denmark to analyse …

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