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Status asthmaticus in children: a one-year study.
  1. S A McKenzie,
  2. A T Edmunds,
  3. S Godfrey


    50 children were admitted on 72 occasions during one year in status asthmaticus, defined as wheezing not relieved by two doses of bronchodilator 4 hours apart. At least one-third of children were hypercapnoeic on admission. They were managed with either oral prednisolone and nebulised salbutamol. Those with peak expiratory flow rates of greater than 25% expected for height were satisfactorily managed on the oral regimen. One child needed assisted ventilation. 73% were fit for discharge within 4 days and more than half of them needed a change in maintanance treatment.

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