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Management of endocrine disease: Glucocorticoid-induced adrenal insufficiency: Replace while we wait for evidence?

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Glucocorticoids are, besides non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the most widely used anti-inflammatory medications. Prevalence studies indicate substantial use of both systemic and locally acting agents. A recognised adverse effect of glucocorticoid treatment is adrenal insufficiency, which is highly prevalent based on biochemical testing, but its clinical implications are poorly understood. Current evidence, including randomised trials and observational studies, indicates substantial variation among patients in both risk and course of glucocorticoid-induced adrenal insufficiency, but both are currently unpredictable. Oral and intra-articular formulations, as well as long-term and high-dose treatments, carry the highest risk of glucocorticoid-induced adrenal insufficiency defined by biochemical tests. However, no route of administration, treatment duration, or dose can be considered without risk. More research is needed to estimate the risk and temporal pattern of glucocorticoid-induced adrenal insufficiency, to investigate its clinical implications, and to identify predictors of risk and prognosis. Randomized trials are required to evaluate whether hydrocortisone replacement therapy mitigates risk and symptoms of glucocorticoid-induced adrenal insufficiency in patients discontinuing glucocorticoid treatment. This review aims to provide an overview of the available evidence, pointing to knowledge gaps and unmet needs.

TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Endocrinology
Sider (fra-til)R111-R122
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2021

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