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Corticosteroids to treat immune-mediated neurological conditions

Corticosteroids are hormonal substances that are produced naturally in the body by the adrenal glands (which are just above each kidney) and by the reproductive organs. There are many different types of corticosteroids and they have different effects on the body. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the use of corticosteroids to treat immune-mediated neurological conditions, how they are given and some of the possible side effects. Each person reacts differently to medicines, so your child will not necessarily suffer from the side effects mentioned. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Bevacizumab

Bevacizumab is used to treat various types of cancer and leukaemia. It is a ‘biologic’ medicine, that is, it is a manmade antibody that targets a specific protein on the surface of the cells that inhibits the formulation of blood vessels in tumours. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what bevacizumab is, how it is given and some of the possible side effects. 

Dietetics research

The Dietetics department works closely with many clinical teams in the hospital where nutrition, growth and development may be an issue.

Allied Health Professions are: art therapists, drama therapists, music therapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, prosthetists and orthotists, paramedics, physiotherapists, diagnostic radiographers, therapeutic radiographers, speech and language therapists.

Aspirin

Aspirin is a medicine commonly used to relieve pain, reduce swelling and reduce a
high temperature. It also makes the blood less sticky so it is less likely to form a clot. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital describes aspirin, how it is given and some of its possible side effects.

Furosemide

Furosemide belongs to a group of drugs called diuretics which increase the amount of urine produced. Furosemide is a medicine used in patients with heart and kidney problems to stop fluid building up in the body and so reduce the workload on the heart.