#clinicalpearls: Side Effects of Corticosteroids

  • Cardiovascular: sodium and fluid retention, hypertension
  • GI: Pancreatitis with high dose steroids, peptic ulcer
  • Neurologic: Psychosis, altered mood states, headaches, pseudotumor
  • Opthalmic: Posterior subcapsular cataracts, increased intraocular pressure, glaucoma, exopthalmos
  • Musculoskeletal: Osteoporosis, vertebral and femoral fractures, aseptic necrosis of femoral head, myopathy, muscle weakness
  • Endocrine: Diabetes mellitus/glucose intolerance, Cushingoid facies, hyperlipidemia, growth retardation, menstrual irregularities, suppression of pituitary-adrenal axis
  • Skin: Acne, increased bruising, impaired wound healing
  • Infectious: Increased risk of infections, including fungal