Short-term corticosteroids and avascular necrosis: medical and legal realities.

@article{Richards2007ShorttermCA,
  title={Short-term corticosteroids and avascular necrosis: medical and legal realities.},
  author={Robert N Richards},
  journal={Cutis},
  year={2007},
  volume={80 4},
  pages={343-8}
}
Short-term corticosteroids (CSs), most commonly defined as short-term prednisone (STP) 40 to 60 mg or its equivalent, either tapered or level, prescribed over a few days to 3 weeks (total dose, 400-600 mg), often are used to treat acute and self-limiting diseases. Serious side effects, though uncommon, can occur; however, they receive little attention. The literature contains scattered case reports and legal cases that highlight the relationship between STP and avascular necrosis (AVN). The… CONTINUE READING