What are the possible complications of corticosteroid therapy in Crohn disease?

Updated: Jul 26, 2019
  • Author: Leyla J Ghazi, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Steroids are not indicated for maintenance, because of serious complications (eg, aseptic necrosis of the hip, osteoporosis, cataract, diabetes, and hypertension). Accordingly, once remission is achieved, the agent is slowly tapered. It should be noted that steroids do not modify disease or induce sustained mucosal healing.


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