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Acta Paediatr. 2002;91(11):1170-3.

Recurrent pneumonia in children: clinical profile and underlying causes.

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Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

AIM:

To study the clinical profile and describe the predisposing causes of recurrent pneumonia in Indian children.

METHODS:

The clinical details and the investigations of children presenting with recurrent pneumonia to the paediatric chest clinic services of a tertiary care centre in northern India were reviewed.

RESULTS:

Seventy children (44M, 26F) presented with recurrent pneumonia over a period of 5 y. Based on the clinical features and the results of the investigations, underlying illness could be identified in 59 children (84%). The most frequent underlying cause for recurrent pneumonia was recurrent aspiration (24.2%), followed by immunodeficiency (15.7%), asthma (14.2%) and structural anomalies (8.6%).

CONCLUSION:

The underlying cause of recurrent pneumonia was identified in more than 80% of children. Recurrent aspirations were the most common cause.

PMID:
12463313
DOI:
10.1080/080352502320777388
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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