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Hypoxaemia in acute respiratory and non-respiratory illnesses in neonates and children in a developing country
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    Hypoxaemia in developing countries

    Dear Editor

    Drs Huicho, Singi and Bharti make the important points that definitions of hypoxaemia should be based on altitude-specific normal values and that further research at sea level and higher altitudes is needed. An altitude-specific definition of hypoxaemia (being an arbitrary value of SpO2 more than 2 [1] or 3 standard deviations below the normal population mean) may be different from the th...

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    Hypoxaemia in children: "abnormal" values may be misleading

    Dear Editor

    Duke et al. are to be commended for their interesting report aimed to determine normal oxygen saturation values in healthy infants and children and to assess the performance of clinical signs for predicting hypoxaemia in sick neonates and children with and without acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI).[1]

    Acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI) account for a substantial burden of diseas...

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    Response to Duke et al
    • Sunit Singhi, Professor of Pediatrics
    • Other Contributors:
      • Bhavneet Bharti

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the article by Duke et al[1] regarding hypoxaemia in acute respiratory and non-respiratory illnesses in infants and children in developing countries published recently in the ADC.[1] The authors have rightly pointed out the limited availability of published data on the incidence, significance or clinical signs predicting hypoxaemia in infants less than three months of age. With...

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