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ISRN Anesthesiology
Volume 2012, Article ID 985495, 11 pages
Review Article

Applications of Steroid in Clinical Practice: A Review

1Department of Anaesthesiology, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Hubli 580029, India
2Department of Anaesthesiology, SRMS IMS, Bhojipura, Bareilly 243202, India
3Department of Internal Medicine, SRMS IMS, Bhojipura, Bareilly 243202, India
4Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SRMS IMS, Bhojipura, Bareilly 243202, India
5Department of Anaesthesiology, KIMS, Hubli 580029, India

Received 5 August 2012; Accepted 27 August 2012

Academic Editors: D. Karakitsos and F. Khan

Copyright © 2012 Safiya Shaikh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Steroids are perhaps one of the most widely used group of drugs in present day anaesthetic practice, sometimes with indication and sometimes without indications. Because of their diverse effects on various systems of the body, there has been renewed interest in the use of steroids in modern day anaesthetic practice. This paper focuses on the synthesis and functions of steroids and risks associated with their supplementation. This paper also highlights the recent trends, relevance, and consensus issues on the use of steroids as adjunct pharmacological agents in relation to anaesthetic practice and intensive care, along with emphasis on important clinical aspects of perioperative usefulness and supplementation.