Systemic corticosteroids for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

@article{Walters2009SystemicCF,
  title={Systemic corticosteroids for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.},
  author={Julia Walters and Peter G Gibson and Richard Wood-Baker and M G Hannay and Eugene Haydn Walters},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
  year={2009},
  volume={1},
  pages={
          CD001288
        }
}
BACKGROUND COPD is a common condition, mainly related to smoking. Acute exacerbations of COPD, usually related to superimposed infection, occur commonly and systemic corticosteroids are widely used in their management in combination with other treatments including antibiotics, oxygen supplementation and bronchodilators. OBJECTIVES To determine the efficacy of corticosteroids, administered either parenterally or orally, on the outcomes of acute exacerbations of COPD. SEARCH STRATEGY Searches… CONTINUE READING

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