Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease?

Updated: Oct 16, 2018
  • Author: Hakim Azfar Ali, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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These agents have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. Corticosteroids modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.


Prednisone is an immunosuppressant used for autoimmune disorders. It may decrease inflammation by reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing polymorphonuclear (PMN) leukocyte activity. Prednisone stabilizes lysosomal membranes and suppresses lymphocytes and antibody production. It has some role in the treatment of pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD), particularly when autoimmune features coexist with it.

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