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Tuesday 27, Jul 2010

  Chicken pox and steroids may be difficult to handle for children

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Chicken pox and steroids may be difficult to handle for childrenPediatric oncologists at the Brenner Children’s Hospital, a part of the Wake Forest University BaptistMedical Center , have disclosed that young children suffering from chicken pox and treated with steroids could be at a risk for a more severe virus incidence that may lead to death.

This finding is expected to act as a warning bell for medical practitioners who have been treating their young patients afflicted with chicken pox with steroids.

Chicken Pox, though mild in its nature, could be devastating in some cases. It is worthwhile to note here that as many as 12,000 people used to die because of this disease every year before the varicella vaccine was discovered.

Monday 15, Feb 2010

  Children may find it difficult to handle chicken pox and steroids

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Children may find it difficult to handle chicken pox and steroidsChildren who suffer from chicken pox and administered with steroids run an increased risk of a more severe case of the virus leading to death.

This finding was disclosed by pediatric oncologists at the Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Chicken Pox, though mild in its nature, may turn fatal in acute cases. Prior to the discovery of varicella vaccine, around 12,000 people used to die from chicken pox on a yearly basis.

Thursday 08, Oct 2009

  Chicken Pox and Steroids: Bad combo for Children

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Chicken Pox and Steroids: Bad combo for ChildrenAccording to pediatric oncologists at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, children who are exposed to chicken pox and have been treated with steroids have a more severe case of the virus.

As per the study, children who are undergoing steroid treatments for ailments like childhood leukemia are at a greater risk of contracting a more severe form of chicken pox, which can eventually lead to death.

Thomas McLean, a pediatric oncologist at Brenner Children’s Hospital, remarked that children are tested for chicken pox before steroid treatment can be prescribed for them. In cases where chicken pox is seen, McLean recommends waiting till the incubation period has passed before giving the go-ahead for steroid therapy.

Wednesday 03, Jun 2009

  Steroid Treatments Can Cause Severe Chicken Pox

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Steroid Treatments Can Cause Severe Chicken PoxChildren who undergo steroid treatments are susceptible to a more severe form of varicella virus, which causes chicken pox. According to Dr. Thomas Mclean, pediatric oncologists at Brenner Children’s Hospital, steroids that are used to treat leukemia also suppress the immune system.

McLean and his group studied 697 patients with acute leukemia for over nine years. In their study, about 16% which is 110 patients contracted chicken pox. From the 110 patients, 54 had severe form of the disease, with two cases of deaths. Patients whose chicken pox was diagnosed within three weeks of taking steroids, 70%had severe infection, while 44% of those who did not receive steroid therapy within three weeks had severe infection.

According to Dr. McLean that even if the study was limited to patients with leukemia, the findings may apply to other conditions for which steroids are used. He also urged fellow pediatricians to first ask whether the child has had a recent exposure to chicken pox before prescribing steroid treatment. Researchers pointed out that steroids treatments and chicken pox should not go together.