Table 5.

Medication use from clinic entry in Medication (MED) compared to No Medication (NO MED) group.

MED, n = 34 (%)NO MED, n = 38 (%)p
Corticosteroids34 (100)22 (57.9)< 0.0001
Antimalarials21 (61.8)23 (60.5)0.91
Immunosuppressives18 (52.9)9 (23.7)0.01
Cumulative corticosteroid dose (g)(n = 34)*(n = 22)*
42.9 ± 39.720.7 ± 17.2
(n = 34)**(n = 38)**0.006
42.9 ± 39.712.0 ± 16.60.0001
  • * Cumulative corticosteroid dose in patients taking corticosteroids at some point;

  • ** Cumulative corticosteroid dose all patients (assume = 0 in patients never receiving corticosteroids). P values in bold face are statistically significant.