Table 1

Medical disorders for which oral corticosteroids were prescribed for 191 patients receiving long term treatment

DisorderNo of patients%
*Chronic obstructive lung disease and emphysema.
Chronic pulmonary disease* 59 31
Polymyalgia rheumatica 54 28
Rheumatoid arthritis 20 10
Inflammatory bowel disease 15 8
Poststatus organ transplantation 8 4
Temporal arteritis (biopsy proven) 6 3
Neoplasm 6 3
Dermatological disorders 5 3
Pulmonary fibrosis 4 2
Connective tissue diseases 4 2
Other disorders 10 5
Total number of patients191100