What is the role of corticosteroids in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Updated: Aug 15, 2019
  • Author: Paul Kleinschmidt, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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These also have bronchodilatory properties, although they primarily act by decreasing inflammation in the tracheobronchial tree. Although 8-12 hours are required for full effect, corticosteroids should be administered in the ED, as some mild improvements may be noted much earlier.


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