Authors' reply

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6987.1139b (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1139
  1. Maurice Barry,
  2. Jumbo Jenner
  1. Consultant rheumatologist James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Republic of Ireland
  2. Consultant rheumatologist Addenbrooke's NHS Trust, Cambridge CB2 2QQ

    EDITOR,—Malcolm DeSilva is inaccurate in stating that we recommended that long acting steroid preparations should be avoided for intra-articular injections. In fact, we did not recommend a particular preparation for intra-articular use. Conventional practice is to use long acting preparations when injecting into joints. For soft tissue injections, long acting preparations provide maximum benefit, but this has to be weighed against the greater tendency of these compounds to cause …

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