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Long-term effects of childhood chest infections

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As paediatricians we are sometimes guilty of underestimating the possible consequences in adult life of common childhood illnesses. Children with acute lower respiratory infections (LRIs) are usually treated and discharged, with full reassurance that their lungs will subsequently be normal. However the findings of a very long-term follow-up cohort study from Tucson, Arizona are far from reassuring (Chan JC, et al. Pediatrics 2015:135;607–616).

Around 1240 children born between 1980 …

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