Steroids killed nine-year-old Lexie McConnell after only five and a half weeks. In August 1993, Lexie was diagnosed as having toxoplasmosis. The consultant put her on 80 mg per day of prednisolone. Immediately, she suffered severe side effects, huge weight gain , terrible pains, holes in her tongue and black stools. After nearly a month, at her parents' pleading, the doctors quickly lowered the dosage to 60 mg, 40 mg, 20 mg. In excruciating pain, Lexie was taken to a hospital, where it was discovered she'd contracted chickenpox. Four days later, she died. A few years later, another eye specialist declared that a simple course of antibiotics could have cleared up her infection. The above excerpt is from Ursula Kelly's site
Andrew Linklater, DVM, DACVECC, directs management of critical patients; performs advanced procedures; and provides lectures and instruction to students, interns, and residents at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale, Wisconsin. His interests include trauma, surgical emergencies, mechanical ventilation, and transfusion medicine. Dr. Linklater completed a residency in emergency and critical care at Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as an internship in Los Angeles. Dr. Linklater has been published in journals and textbooks and has lectured nationally and internationally, including at the NAVC Conference. He graduated from University of Saskatchewan.
Treatment: If a pancreatic or liver tumor is identified and able to be surgically excised, the skin lesions may normalize for an extended period of time, but because these tumors metastasize (spread to other areas of the body) quickly, surgery is not curative. In cases of end stage liver disease, surgery is not possible, and the goal of therapy is to increase quality of life and decrease uncomfortable skin lesions with supportive care and addressing the nutritional abnormalities. Supportive care includes supplementing protein and necessary minerals and enzymes through the diet and oral supplements or by weekly intravenous amino acid infusions that are performed in the hospital on an outpatient basis until improvement in the skin is noted. Unfortunately, despite the supportive care, the disease will progress.