View Full Version : New CNS/AANS Guidelines Discourage Steroids in Spinal Injury

Wed 1st May '13, 10:02pm
For the first time ever, experts are recommending against the use of steroids early after an acute spinal cord injury.

The new recommendation is among 112 evidence-based recommendations contained in an updated document on the management of acute cervical spine and spinal cord injuries, released by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

The previous recommendation on steroid use had been a "marvelous waffle" in that it recommended the use of these agents as long as practitioners realized that the chance of causing harm was greater than the chance of causing good, Daniel K. Resnick, MD, professor, neurological surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, and president-elect of the CNS, told Medscape Medical News.

For more information please visit http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/781669

Tue 7th May '13, 11:58pm
The latest guildeline for acute spinal cord injury is at the website: March 2013 - Volume 72 - Issue : Neurosurgery (http://journals.lww.com/neurosurgery/toc/2013/03002)