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How can glucocorticoids help people who get organ transplants?

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Glucocorticoids keep your body from pumping out so many of the chemicals involved in inflammation. They can also dial back your immune system’s response by changing the way white blood cells work.

Doctors prescribe glucocorticoids for people who get organ transplants. After the procedure, your immune system sees the new organ as an invader and attacks it. Drugs that turn down your immune system, such as glucocorticoids, can keep your body from rejecting the new organ.

From: What Are Glucocorticoids? WebMD Medical Reference

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Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford: “Glucocorticoids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Corticosteroid,” “Cortisone shots,” “Dexamethasone,” “Triamcinolone,” “Budesonide.”

National Institutes of Health: “Understanding Autoimmune Diseases.”

Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology : “The anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effect of glucocorticoids, recent developments and mechanistic insights.”

National Health Service: “Steroids.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Corticosteroids.”

Medscape: “Immunology of Transplant Rejection.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford: “Glucocorticoids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Corticosteroid,” “Cortisone shots,” “Dexamethasone,” “Triamcinolone,” “Budesonide.”

National Institutes of Health: “Understanding Autoimmune Diseases.”

Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology : “The anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effect of glucocorticoids, recent developments and mechanistic insights.”

National Health Service: “Steroids.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Corticosteroids.”

Medscape: “Immunology of Transplant Rejection.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

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