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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;


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.

  • NPA, nasopharyngeal aspirate
  • NS, nasal swab
  • RSV, respiratory syncytial virus
  • respiratory syncytial virus
  • bronchiolitis

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  • Competing interests: none declared