Cortisone may increase risk for acute pancreatitis

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM

A new study shows some medications containing cortisone might increase risk for acute pancreatitis. Cortisone tablets are sometimes used to treat asthma and some auto-immune diseases like Rheumatic Disease.

Researchers from Sweden studied more than 67,000 people. Those treated with cortisone in a tablet form had a 70 percent higher risk of acute pancreatitis. Researchers say smoking and drinking alcohol can also increase the risk.

The study was published in the Journal of American Medical Association.
 

 

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