Morbidity and mortality of severe bacterial pneumonia reduced by steroidsThe use of corticosteroids is effective for reducing the morbidity and mortality of severe bacterial pneumonia, Dr. Antoni Torres said at the 12th International Congress on Infectious Diseases.

The finding was supported by results from two positive randomized trials, multiple observational studies, and animal models.

The first randomized trial was a multicenter, double-blind, Italian study involving 46 patients with severe CAP on placebo or 200 mg of hydrocortisone as an IV bolus, followed by 7 days of therapy at 10 mg/hour.