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Inhaled Corticosteroids Produce Local Adverse Effects

KEY POINT

While clinicians are quick to recognize possible systemic problems with use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), local adverse effects of these agents are more common and are often clinically important, according to a recent review of the prevalence, clinical features, potential causes, role of inhaler devices, and management options of such problems.

SOURCES

Roland NJ et al. The local side effects of inhaled corticosteroids. Chest. 2004; 126:213–9.