Dexamethasone in cerebral oedema
Dexamethasone in oedema
Corticosteroids are thought to lower intracranial pressure by reducing the increased capillary permeability of the cells and blood vessels in the brain. Therefore, corticosteroids are used in situations where the cerebral oedema is due to an incompetent blood brain barrier, and are not recommended for treating oedema secondary to stroke or haemorrhage.
Which of the following statements about dexamethasone is FALSE?
Extra info: Dexamethasone is a synthetic and very potent glucocorticosteroid; it is 40 times more potent than hydrocortisone.