Anesthesia Pharmacology:  Adrenocorticosteroid Pharmacology Practice Questions

  • A 28 year old black female was diagnosed eight months ago with lupus erythematosus.

  • At that time the patient was placed on prednisone at a dose of 0.4 mg/kg (single dose per day).

  • The patient seeks medical attention because of a recent weight loss (12 pounds), down to 120 pounds.

  • Complaints include: fever, joint pain, fatigue, and a worsening of facial rash.

  • Physical exam and laboratory results confirm that the patient is experiencing a flare up of her system lupus  erythematosus.