Don’t give up on steroids for pleural effusion just yet: physicians

An exploratory Australian trial failed to find a benefit but this should not deter further, more targeted research, they say

Dexamethasone should not be dismissed as a potential treatment option for adults with pneumonia-related pleural effusions despite no clear benefit emerging in a pilot study, according to UK clinicians.

Respiratory specialists from the University of Bristol argue in a newly published commentary that the corticosteroid still holds promise as a “safe and feasible” therapy for the condition.