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Steroid induced pathological fractures.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS) resulting in destruction of myelin and neuronal death. It is the leading cause of neurological disability in young adults ages 20-40. This progressive and degenerative disease is characterized by periods of remission and exacerbation. In an effort to slow progression of the disease or treat an exacerbation, it is standard practice for physicians to administer steroid therapy to suppress the autoimmune response. The administration of large doses of corticosteroids over an extended period of several years can have long-term complications, which may not be evident until many years after the administration of the drug. A case study of a 60-year-old white female demonstrates the complication of steroid induced osteoporosis that resulted in three pathological fractures ten years after receiving steroid therapy.

Melinda Redmon, College of Nursing, Univ. of Ala., Huntsville, AL 35899.
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Title Annotation:Health Sciences
Author:Redmon, Melinda
Publication:Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Apr 1, 2003
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