Does Adrenal Dysfunction Contribute to Weaning Failure?

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In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial, the administration of low-dose corticosteroids to patients with respiratory failure who had relative adrenal insufficiency resulted in shorter weaning periods and high rates of liberation from mechanical ventilation.


Huang CJ, Lin HC. Association between adrenal insufficiency and ventilator weaning. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2006;173:276-280.

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