Arch Dis Child 90:634-635 doi:10.1136/adc.2004.065144
  • Acute paediatrics

RSV testing in bronchiolitis: which nasal sampling method is best?

  1. P Macfarlane1,
  2. J Denham2,
  3. J Assous1,
  4. C Hughes3
  1. 1Department of Child Health, Rotherham General Hospital, UK
  2. 2Department of Children’s Nursing, Rotherham General Hospital, UK
  3. 3Department of Microbiology, Rotherham General Hospital, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr P Macfarlane
    Department of Child Health, Rotherham General Hospital, Moorgate Road, Rotherham S60 2UD, UK;
  • Accepted 2 February 2005


Lower nasal swab and higher nasopharyngeal aspirate samples were compared for RSV immunofluorescence and pain score in infants hospitalised with acute bronchiolitis. The nasal swab procedure was significantly less painful but was negative in approximately one third of RSV positive cases.


  • Competing interests: none declared