Corticosteroids are frequently used in the management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Although
they can be very useful, their potential adverse effects have to be kept in mind. One of the
situations in which these drugs should be avoided, if possible, is the perioperative setting. If a patient
reaches surgery while on steroids, surgical complications will be more likely to occur, both infectious
and non-infectious. Attention should be paid to this fact, within a multidisciplinary approach, that also
takes into account other factors, such as nutrition.
Keywords: Corticosteroids, surgery, crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, complications, inflammatory bowel disease.
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