Objective Our study evaluates the epidemiological and demographics of the children who were admitted to Süleyman Demirel University, Medical Faculty, Paediatrics Department with the pre-diagnosis of pandemic influenza.
Methods and Materials Demographic characteristics, clinical findings, laboratory tests results and radiological researchs of 64 patients (n = 64), who were admitted to Süleyman Demirel University, Medical Faculty Paediatric Department with the pre-diagnosis of pandemic influenza were analysed and evaluated.
Results Average age of the patients, that were admitted and observed with pre-diagnosis of pandemical influenza, was 32.4 months (1–188 months) and 34% (n = 22) of the cases were female. H1N1v diagnosis was confirmed in 14% (n = 9) of the patients with pre-diagnosis of pandemiz influenza. Most common complaints during submission were severe cough (85.9%), fever (68.8%) and weakness (57.8%). Among the the patients who were H1N1v positive, 55% (n = 5) of them, had preexisting diseases. Five patients needed intensive care during the observation and treatment. Two (22.2%) of them did not survive.
Conclusion Clinical findings of pandemical influenza and seasonal influenza are quite similar in children. Pre-existing diseases increase the rates of morbidity and mortality.
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