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A meta-analysis on intravenous magnesium sulphate for treating acute asthma
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    Magnesium sulfate and moderate/severe versus severe/very severe asthmatics

    Dear Editor,

    This article addressed a very important question in the field of paediatric emergency medicine. The prevalence of asthma has risen and there are chronic shortages of inpatient beds in many centres worldwide. Therefore, if intravenous magnesium sulfate added to standard therapy reduces admission rates in asthmatics without significant side effects, this would be very welcome information. This me...

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    Systematic review of magnesium in asthma

    Dear Editor,

    I was very interested to read the meta-analysis of the use of intravenous magnesium in asthma [1] having recently conducted a systematic review on this subject. I was pleased to see that both produced the same primary outcome of a reduction in hospitalisation with an overall number needed to treat (NNT) of four and a good safety profile. However, there were a number of differences that I was somewhat surpri...

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