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Can steroids suppress the immune system during the Coronavirus pandemic?

One way in which steroids affect inflammation is by a by suppressing it. As the immune system plays a major role in your body’s ability to fight infections steroids will therefore also potentially affect your body’s ability to fight infections. There is very little research or data to guide on this matter in terms of the exact increase in risk. It is important that any patients considering a corticosteroid injection are aware of the fact that corticosteroids could theoretically

  • Increase the likelihood of contracting the Coronavirus due to its immune-suppressant effect
  • Inhibit their body’s ability to fight the COVID-19 virus if contracted.
  • Could potentially make the patients more contagious to people around them, following a corticosteroid injection.

The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) , The British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH), British elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) have recently published (23.10.2020) A patient information leaflet discussing the additional risks of having steroid injections during the COVID pandemic.

The information in this leaflet can be downloaded by clicking on the leaflet. The contents are also applicable to anyone considering steroid injections for the lower extremity (Hip, knee ankle and foot).

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