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The clinical course of childhood asthma in association with fever

The clinical course of childhood asthma in association with fever

El-Radhi, A. Sahib and Patel, Swatee (2009) The clinical course of childhood asthma in association with fever. Clinical Pediatrics, 48 (6). pp. 627-631. ISSN 0009-9228 (Print), 1938-2707 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0009922809335320)

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Abstract

Little attention has been given to the relationship between fever and the severity of asthma. The authors studied 202 successive admissions of children with asthma over a period of 16 months to investigate the relationship between fever and the clinical course of asthma. There were 38 febrile children (18.8%), who were mostly younger than 5 years. Febrile children had a shorter mean hospital stay than afebrile children (1.7 vs 2.0 days). There were 25 episodes of acute severe asthma (13%): 2 among the 38 febrile children (5.2%), compared with 23 episodes among the remaining 164 afebrile children (14%). Three children, who had very severe asthma requiring transfer to an intensive care unit, were afebrile. Radiological abnormalities (collapse/consolidation) occurred in 13 cases: 3 from the febrile and 10 from the afebrile group. Monitoring body temperature is important in cases of asthma. Febrile children tend to be younger and are more likely to have a less severe clinical course of asthma.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published online: April 30, 2009. [2] Published in print: July 2009. [3] Published as: Clinical Pediatrics, (2009), Vol. 48, (6), pp. 627-631. [4] Published in association with the Society for Clinical Pediatrics. [5] Published in association with the Ochsner Clinic Foundation.
Uncontrolled Keywords: asthma, asthma severity, fever
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8000

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