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A follow-up study of children hospitalised with community-acquired pneumonia
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    Response to eletter by Egware B Odeka et al
    • David A Spencer, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician
    • Other Contributors:
      • Katherine Eastham and David Spencer

    We thank Odeka et al for their comments regarding our follow-up study of children admitted to hospital with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). They are correct in their initial 2 observations that the study did not measure premorbid lung function or bronchial hyperreactivity. These measurements were not an objective of the present study therefore were not included in study design. Inclusion was limited by the retrospectiv...

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    follow up of children with community acquired pneumonia

    We read with interest your article on follow up of children with community acquired pneumonia and also your eletter response on the subject. I t is interesting to note that children with pre-existing asthma are at significant risk of persistent cough after admission to hospital for community acquired pneumonia. However the risk of subsequent asthma is increased only in children of non-atopic parents. In routine clinical pr...

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    Response to eletter by Alessandro Amaddeo et al
    • David A Spencer, Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician
    • Other Contributors:
      • Katherine Eastham and David Spencer

    We thank Amaddeo et al for their comments regarding our follow-up study of children hospitalised with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) 1. They are correct in stating that Castro-Rodriguez et al postulated that diminished lung function in children following CAP may be due to a pre- existing alteration in airway tone, however this is only one of the possible explanations offered by the authors 2. The second explanation is...

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    A follow-up study of children hospitalised with community-acquired pneumonia.
    • Alessandro Amaddeo, MD
    • Other Contributors:
      • Massimiliano Don, Egidio Barbi and Alessandro Ventura

    In their study Eastham et al.1 concluded that CAP requiring admission to hospital is associated with deterioration of lung function and persistent respiratory symptoms. We would like to raise some issues regarding this study. Firstly authors state that there is increasing evidence that deficits in lung function and asthma are related to CAP in childhood, with two references in support of this statement. In the second and...

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