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Are steroids safe to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?
Eric Matteson, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Date Added: 06/26/13

Steroids like prednisone and prednisolone have quite a lot of side effects. These side effects can include thinning of the bones. It may include diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, and in higher doses, increased risk for infection. So, when we use steroids we have to balance the beneficial effects and th...
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Eric L. Matteson, MD, is chair for the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He has a joint appointment in the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences Research. Dr. Matteson received the MD degree from Friedrich-Alexander University at Erlangen-Nuremberg. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University and a fellowship at the University of Michigan. He further completed a fellowship at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and received the M.P.H. degree in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. As a clinician and an epidemiologist, Dr. Matteson is focused on studying rheumatoid arthritis, including clinical features, complications, outcomes, and treatments.
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