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The viral aetiology of croup and recurrent croup

Wall, Sion R., Wat, Dennis, Spiller, Owen Bradley ORCID:, Gelder, Colin M., Kotecha, Sailesh ORCID: 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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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: 12 Aug 2023 12:09

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