Re-evaluating Steroid Therapy in Septic Shock

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Abstract

Septic shock carries a significant risk of mortality despite increasing knowledge of its pathophysiology and clinical management. Studies dating back to the 1960s suggested steroid treatment may alter the course of septic shock and led to the concept of critical illness-related corticosteroid insufficiency. Two recent trials have provided more data regarding steroid therapy for septic shock. Comparing these seminal studies provides context for the decision about whether to treat septic shock with steroid therapy.

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