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Table 1 Common clinical uses of systemic corticosteroids

From: A practical guide to the monitoring and management of the complications of systemic corticosteroid therapy

Field of medicine Disorder(s)
Allergy and respirology • Moderate to severe asthma exacerbations
• Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
• Allergic rhinitis
• Atopic dermatitis
• Urticaria/angioedema
• Anaphylaxis
• Food and drug allergies
• Nasal polyps
• Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
• Sarcoidosis
• Acute and chronic eosinophilic pneumonia
• Interstitial lung disease
Dermatology • Pemphigus vulgaris
• Acute, severe contact dermatitis
Endocrinology* • Adrenal insufficiency
• Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Gastroenterology • Ulcerative colitis
• Crohn’s disease
• Autoimmune hepatitis
Hematology • Lymphoma/leukemia
• Hemolytic anemia
• Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
Rheumatology/immunology • Rheumatoid arthritis
• Systemic lupus erythematosus
• Polymyalgia rheumatica
• Polymyositis/dermatomyositis
• Polyarteritis
• Vasculitis
Ophthalmology • Uveitis
• Keratoconjunctivitis
Other • Multiple sclerosis
• Organ transplantation
• Nephrotic syndrome
• Chronic active hepatitis
• Cerebral edema
  1. NOTE: Systemic corticosteroid uses are not limited to those listed in this table. These agents can be used in almost all areas of medicine.
  2. *In endocrinology, corticosteroid doses are often given at or close to physiologic doses rather than in therapeutic ranges.