Oxandrolone fails to heal pressure ulcers in wounded veterans

05/21/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Pressure ulcers healed no more quickly in veterans with spinal cord injuries who were treated with the anabolic steroid oxandrolone than in those who received a placebo, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study involved 212 inpatients at 16 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers between Aug. 1, 2005, and Nov. 30, 2008. Some patients receiving oxandrolone, which some doctors prescribe off-label to treat target pressure ulcers, experienced elevated liver enzymes or decreased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, researchers said.

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