• By Dana Sparks

Steroids Could Help Pneumonia Patients

February 28, 2013

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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