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The viral aetiology of croup and recurrent croup

Wall, Sion R., Wat, Dennis, Spiller, Owen Bradley, Gelder, Colin M., Kotecha, Sailesh and Doull, Iolo John Manley 2009. The viral aetiology of croup and recurrent croup. Archives of Disease in Childhood 94 (5) , pp. 359-360. 10.1136/adc.2008.142984

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Abstract

Background: Historically croup was subdivided into classic 'viral' croup with associated viral URTI, and recurrent or spasmodic croup where asthma and allergies were thought more important. Subjects and methods: All children admitted to the University Hospital of Wales with croup in 2003 were eligible. Baseline demographics including croup score were recorded and per-nasal swabs taken for virus detection by RT-PCR. Recurrent croup was defined as at least one other admission for croup in the preceding or following 3 years. Results: Sixty (29.4%) children entered the study, and a viral pathogen was detected in 41(68%). There was no significant difference in the rate of virus detection between those with single episode croup and recurrent croup. Conclusions: The aetiology of 'viral' and recurrent croup appears similar.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0003-9888
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 20:17
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/27574

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