Chronic Steroid Side Effects: Immunosuppression

By | January 18, 2012

The administration of large doses of corticosteroids can decrease the number and inhibit the function of white blood cells such as this.

Glucorticoids decrease the body’s natural immune mechanism by decreasing the number or function of circulating white blood cells. While not usually a problem at the doses we use in the management of chronic pain, at large doses the depression of the body’s immune response can be profound and widespread increasing the risk of bacterial, viral and fungal infections. At Schlesinger Pain Centers special care is taken to assure that patients are not getting steroids from multiple providers, potentially putting themselves at risk for this severe complication of therapy.

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