Use of steroids in the perinatal period.

  title={Use of steroids in the perinatal period.},
  author={Henry L. Halliday},
  journal={Paediatric respiratory reviews},
  volume={5 Suppl A},
INTRODUCTION Corticosteroids can be used prenatally to mature the fetal lungs and postnatally to treat or prevent chronic lung disease (CLD). Randomised controlled trials have been performed to evaluate the benefits and risks of perinatal corticosteroid therapy. METHODS Systematic reviews of randomised controlled trials of prenatal and postnatal corticosteroids in the Cochrane Library were examined to determine the cost-benefit ratios of treatment. Outcomes are given as numbers needed to… CONTINUE READING


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