What are the risks of long-term use of corticosteroids for 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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Patients who are concerned about immunosuppressive therapies, including immunomodulators or anti–tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents, should be educated about the potential greater incidence of complications occurring with long-term steroid use and with undertreated disease. Patients with prolonged use of steroids may also require ophthalmologic examination because of the risk of development of glaucoma and cataracts.


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