Steroids Provide No Survival Benefit For Children With Bacterial Meningitis, Study Shows

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 11:07 in Health & Medicine

Corticosteroids given to children who are hospitalized for bacterial meningitis do not provide a benefit in survival or in reduced hospital stays, according to a large multicenter study by pediatric researchers. This finding stands in contrast to previous studies in hospitalized adults, for which corticosteroids dramatically reduced mortality. When given, the corticosteroids supplement the primary treatment, antibiotics.

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