Adrenal suppression after corticosteroid injection of periocular hemangiomas

A H Weiss
American Journal of Ophthalmology 1989 May 15, 107 (5): 518-22
Two infants with symptomatic periocular hemangiomas received 1-ml intralesional injections of a 50:50 mixture of triamcinolone acetonide (40 mg/ml) and betamethasone (8 mg/ml). Both developed adrenal suppression as evidenced by the immediate depression of their serum cortisol and adrenocorticotrophic hormone levels. One patient remained adrenal suppressed for five months and, concurrently, her growth rate and weight dropped from normal to below the fifth percentile. Adrenal suppression should be added to the growing list of complications caused by the corticosteroid injection of periocular hemangiomas.

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