On prednisone therapy for rheumatoid arthritis
Patients who do not have intact immune systems are at highest risk for sepsis and septic shock, including those who have had organ transplants, with human immune deficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), kidney or liver disease, the very old, and those with invasive lines and procedures. Prednisone, taken for autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, suppresses the immune system and prevents further damage to the joints. Although obesity, surgery, and hospitalization for myocardial infarction pose some risk for infection and sepsis, the use of corticosteroid medications is an actual risk for the development of sepsis and septic shock.
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