Mechanical ventilation and respiratory syncytial virus infection

H. A. Van Steensel-Moll, W. J.E. Tissing, M. Offringa, J. A. Hazelzet

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Abstract

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Drs Lebel et al report weight and prematurity as risk indicators for the need for ventilation in bronchiolitis. In their casecontrol study a viral cause was determined in only 32%; infants with underlying cardiopulmonary abnormalities-who are known to be at increased risk for severe respiratory syncytial virus infections and mortality-were excluded. Thus the results from their study may not readily be applied to all infants with bronchiolitis who need hospitalisation.
We would like to present the preliminary results of a prospective study (1987-9) of children admitted with a respiratory syncytial virus infection to the Sophia Children's Hospital, The Netherlands. In all patients the infection was proved by direct immunofluorescent assay. Nineteen patients needed mechanical ventilation and 82 were admitted to the general ward.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332
Number of pages1
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Mar 1990

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