Use of glucocorticoids and risk of infections.

  title={Use of glucocorticoids and risk of infections.},
  author={Maurizio Cutolo and Bruno Seriolo and Carmen Pizzorni and Maria Elena Secchi and Stefano Soldano and Sabrina Paolino and Paola Montagna and Alberto Sulli},
  journal={Autoimmunity reviews},
  volume={8 2},
Glucocorticoids (GC) exert many complex quantitative and qualitative immunosuppressive effects that induce cellular immunodeficiency and consequently might increase host susceptibility to various viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections. In chronic immune/inflammatory conditions cortisol is secreted at inadequate levels and GC therapy today is devoted in substituting this hormone in adequate doses (low) to compensate just for this; therefore, the correct timing of GC administration… CONTINUE READING