Are steroids useful in bronchopulmonary dysplasia?

I'm aware steroids are given antenatally where preterm birth is expected to encourage development of the lungs. However, there seems to be some debate about whether postnatal dexamethasone is effective in treating bronchopulmonary dysplasia in premature infants. Is there any evidence that it works, and is it prescibed routinely?

Authored By Anne Parfitt-Rogers on Friday 7th December 2012


Miss Luna Ibrahim
Medical Student - Warwick
Posted almost 8 years ago

Extracts from Wolters Kluwer Up To Date: Postnatal use of glucocorticoids in bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

INTRODUCTION — Clinical trials have shown that postnatal glucocorticoid therapy administered systemically improves short-term lung function