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Corticosteroids plus antibiotics may help pneumonia recovery

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Adding corticosteroids to antibiotics may help patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) recover more quickly than with antibiotics alone, according to experts.

Researchers randomised 304 inpatients to usual antibiotic treatment plus the steriod dexamethasone (5 mg per day) or placebo for four days.

Adding dexamethasone cut the length of hospital stay from 7.5 days to 6.5 days.

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