Developmental consequences of antenatal dexamethasone treatment in nonhuman primates.


Research assessing fetal exposure to dexamethasone and betamethasone in animals has raised concerns about the potential for adverse side effects following antenatal treatments, not withstanding the beneficial and desired improvement in lung function. Some of the inhibitory effects on physical growth and the long-term alterations in endocrine, immune and neural physiology may reflect species differences in the fetal sensitivity of rodents and monkeys to corticosteroids or perhaps could be attributed to the higher drug doses often used in animal studies. However, since steroidal drugs can be administered for extended periods in clinical practice, and also are occasionally given in the range found to cause significant effects on the brain and immune responses of infant monkeys, the simian studies have important cautionary implications for obstetrical and pediatric practice.


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@article{Coe2005DevelopmentalCO, title={Developmental consequences of antenatal dexamethasone treatment in nonhuman primates.}, author={Christopher L. Coe and Gabriele R. Lubach}, journal={Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews}, year={2005}, volume={29 2}, pages={227-35} }