Short-term Side Effects of Pulse Steroid Treatment in Children

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Koncak G., Tolunay O., Unal A., Celiloglu C., Celik U.

JCPSP-JOURNAL OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS PAKISTAN, vol.32, no.2, pp.262-264, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.29271/jcpsp.2022.02.262
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.262-264
  • Keywords: Children, Side effect, Pulse steroid treatment
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


This study is aimed to evaluate pediatric patients, who were hospitalised in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Health Sciences, Adana City Training and Research Hospital, Turkey, between January, 2019 and January, 2020, and treated with pulse steroid therapy and the early side effects of their treatment. The fasting blood glucose levels of the patients during treatment were statistically significantly higher than those prior to the treatment. The most common side effects observed in the patients were dermatological (48.5%), psychiatric (31.4%), and gastrointestinal (31.4%). Hypertension was detected in seven patients (20%) after treatment; and continued in three, who subsequently underwent antihypertensive treatment. Pulse steroid treatment was administered for a median of five days (3-11 days). It was found that 24 patients responded to treatment, 11 patients did not respond, and one patient died. There is a shortage of studies in literature on pulse steroid therapy and its side effects, especially focusing on children. Multicentre and randomised controlled studies are needed comprising different patient groups to evaluate the efficacy and complications associated with its use.