- By Dana Sparks
Steroids Could Help Pneumonia Patients
If patients with pneumonia are given steroids along with antibiotics and supportive care, it might mean less time in the hospital. That's a Mayo Clinic finding after analysis of 8 randomized-controlled trials.
Mayo infectious disease specialist and co-author M. Rizwan Sohail, M.D., says, “Given that the average hospital stay for community-acquired pneumonia can range from nine to 23 days, the prospect of speeding recovery, even by a day or two, is helpful.” The results appear in the March issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine
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