Despite the widespread use of corticosteroids in children, hypersensitivity reactions tocorticosteroids are rarely. However, life-threatening reactions have been described, and clinicians should be aware of the risk posted by potential allergy to corticosteroid. Parenteral administration of such corticosteroids as methylprednisolone and hydrocortisone is more commonly associated with severe hypersensitivity reactions than other routes. A close and detailed evaluation is required to confirm the presence of a true hypersensitivity reaction to the suspected drug, and a challenge test with a different steroid must be performed in order to offer a safe alternative for further treatments. We report the case of a 14-year-old boy with an adverse reaction caused by methylprednisolone.
Published on: May 18, 2016 Pages: 4-5