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Awareness of guidelines on pleural infection
  1. R M Thursfield,
  2. I M Balfour-Lynn
  1. Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Ian M Balfour-Lynn
    Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK; i.balfourlynn{at}

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Guidelines for the management of pleural infection in children were published in 2005 as a supplement in Thorax1 with an accompanying editorial.2 They are also available on the British Thoracic Society (BTS) website ( Additionally, the guidelines were endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) after scrutiny by their Quality and Practice Committee. RCPCH published a guideline review in the Education and Practice Edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood,3 mailed their guideline appraisal to all College members, and placed it on their website ( The guidelines were also presented at the BTS Winter Meeting (2004) and annual RCPCH meeting (2005). They have been …

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  • Competing interests: None.