Current Allergy and Asthma Reports

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 122–126 | Cite as

Effects of inhaled corticosteroids on growth in asthmatic children

  • Katherine H. Creese
  • Iolo J. M. Doull


This article presents a brief review of the effects of inhaled corticosteroids on growth in children with asthma. All currently available inhaled corticosteroids, where there is adequate data, have been shown to cause significant growth suppression in children in a dose-dependent manner. It is now apparent that there are differences in the growthsuppressive effects of different corticosteroids. Recent evidence confirms that the growth-suppressive effects are short lived and that, at conventional doses, inhaled corticosteroids do not affect final attained adult height.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine H. Creese
    • 1
  • Iolo J. M. Doull
    • 1
  1. 1.Cystic Fibrosis/Respiratory Unit, Department of Child HealthUniversity Hospital of WalesCardiffUK

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