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Variations in the diagnosis and management of bronchiolitis in older infants: a UK survey
  1. Charles Stewart
    1. Correspondence to Dr Charles Stewart, Paediatric Emergency Department, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, London SW109NH, UK; charles.stewart{at}

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    When older infants present with symptoms of respiratory distress including wheeze, diagnosing bronchiolitis can be challenging. This is because other causes of wheeze, such as asthma and viral wheeze (VW) also feature in this age group. In my own practice, I consistently come across wide practice variations, which may indicate confusion on the subject.

    This study aimed to survey the diagnostic parameters employed by paediatric medical staff for bronchiolitis and the management of wheeze for children up to 2 years.

    One hundred and eighty-five emails were sent to the clinical directors of all UK acute paediatric units with questions related to the diagnosis of bronchiolitis and management of wheeze …

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    • Collaborators Shreya Bali: data gathering. Megan McCullagh: data gathering.

    • Competing interests None declared.

    • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.