Corticosteroids for lupus linked to earlier organ damage

Patients with lupus who take corticosteroids are more likely to report earlier organ damage compared with non-users, a Canadian study shows.

Around 173 patients with lupus taking corticosteroids were enrolled in the study and were compared with 83 patients who had never taken the medicines. Outcomes were measured at three, five and eight years.

Nearly 13% of corticosteroid-exposed patients reported ocular

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