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Steroids in Otolaryngology

Authors

  • Daron Cope MBBCh,

    1. From the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia
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  • Ronaldo Bova MBBS, MS, FRACS

    Corresponding author
    1. From the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia
    • Send correspondence to Ron Bova, MBBS, MS, FRACS, St. Vincent's Clinic, 438 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney 2010, Australia
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  • Editor's Note: This Manuscript was accepted for publication April 15, 2008.

Abstract

Steroids are increasingly being used to treat a wide spectrum of otolaryngological disorders. It is important for ear-nose-throat surgeons to understand the short- and long-term complications associated with steroid use. The aim of this study was to review the role of steroids in common ear-nose-throat disorders. Corticosteroid therapy has been shown to be effective in the management of idiopathic facial nerve palsy, allergic rhinitis, acute sinusitis, sinonasal inflammatory polyposis, and croup. The therapeutic efficacy of steroids in the management of Meniere's disease, sudden idiopathic sensorineural HL, chronic otitis media, and vestibular neuronitis remain controversial.

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