Why is weaning off steroid therapy a priority in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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In general, one major goal is to wean the patient off steroids as soon as possible to prevent long-term adverse effects from these agents. Ardizzone et al suggest that a lack of mucosal healing after corticosteroid therapy is the only factor associated with negative outcomes at 5 years. [84]


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