Adrenal crisis associated with high dose inhaled steroids is more common than previously thought

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 30 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1261

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A UK survey has warned that acute adrenal crisis associated with high dose inhaled corticosteroids is more common—particularly in children—than previously reported.

A group of researchers from several UK hospitals sent questionnaires to all 2912 consultant paediatricians and adult endocrinologists registered in a UK medical directory identifying tertiary care physicians, asking whether they had seen patients with asthma who had …

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