San Francisco, Calif.—Although steroids are widely used to treat a variety of otolaryngologic conditions, the short- and long-term side effects remain a concern and fuel the need to better understand their proper role. Contributing to the ongoing controversy over their use are gaps in the evidence, panelists said here Sept. 12 at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting.
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“The evidence is often contradictory,” said Michael Stewart, MD, to participants in a session he moderated at the 2011 Annual American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Meeting held here on September 12, “and that is why we are here today.” Dr. Stewart is professor and chair of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
What became apparent in the presentations that followed is that the lack of evidence is a source of frustration for otolaryngologists trying to improve their understanding of when to use steroids in their practice.| | | Next → | Single Page