- Patients Need to Be Better Informed About Steroid Complications
- Major Complications from Endoscopic Sinus Surgery on the Decline
- First Review of Frontal Sinus Inverted Papilloma Surgical Management
- Clinical Tests of Peripheral Vestibular Function Are Reviewed
- Identification of Prognostic Factors for Head and Neck Merkel Cell Carcinoma
- Nomenclature Paradigm for Benign Midmembranous Vocal Fold Lesions
Explore this issue:June 2012
Patients Need to Be Better Informed About Steroid Complications
What are the medico-legal implications of corticosteroid use in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and/or allergic rhinitis?
Background: Corticosteroids are a mainstay of treatment for inflammatory disease of the upper airway. Because of their beneficial anti-inflammatory effects, many physicians utilize oral corticosteroids as part of a regimen of “maximal medical therapy” for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis. However, in light of their potential complications, uncertainty regarding the use of these agents, as well as informed consent and medico-legal implications, exist for treating physicians.
Study design: Literature review.