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Review of: Walters JA et al. Different durations of corticosteroid therapy for exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2018;3:10.1002/14651858.CD006897.pub4.
Key learning points
A shorter course of corticosteroid lasting 3–7 days could be as effective as a longer course for the management of an exacerbation of COPD.
There was no difference in the likelihood of recurrence of the existing exacerbation, or a new flare-up, between the two treatment durations.
A course of corticosteroids lasting 3–7 days could be as effective as a 2-week treatment course for managing acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
This update to an earlier Cochrane review included eight randomised controlled trials involving 582 people with severe …
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