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Table 5 Clinical and laboratory criteria for corticosteroid taper

From: Algorithm development for corticosteroid management in systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis trial using consensus methodology

Criteria Required for steroid taper: No increase or taper of corticosteroids
Ferritin ≤2500 mcg/l N/A
Platelets ≤800,000/ml >800,000/ml
Fibrinogen >LLN N/A
INR ≤1.2 N/A
WBC >LLN N/A
LFTs ≤2x ULN N/A
Hemoglobin ≥ 7.5 g/dl ≤7.5 g/dl
Fever ≤2 days in last 7 ≥3 days in last 7
Physical functioning* Acceptable Poor
  1. *As determined by investigator (for example, non-ambulatory, not attending school, anorectic, losing weight).
  2. LLN lower limit of normal; N/A not applicable.