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Arch Pediatr. 2006 Sep;13(9):1209-14. Epub 2006 May 22.

[Necrotizing pneumonia in children: apropos of 4 cases].

[Article in French]

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Service de pédiatrie et de pneumologie de l'enfant, clinique universitaire de Mont-Godinne, université catholique de Louvain, avenue G.-Thérasse-1, 5530 Yvoir, Belgique.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe the necrotizing pneumonia in children, a severe affection which prevalence seems to increase; to review literature.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

We report 4 cases of necrotizing pneumonia: symptoms, agents, diagnostic tools, treatment and long term evolution.

RESULTS:

In 2 cases, pneumatoceles could be seen at chest X-ray. Two patients presented a deficiency of anti-pneumococcal antibodies. Three needed insertion of a pleural chest tube of whom 1 had a resection of a small piece of necrotic lung. Duration of hospitalisation is longer than in uncomplicated pneumonias.

CONCLUSION:

Necrotizing pneumonia is a severe affection. Diagnosis has to be made by lung CT. Long term evolution is excellent in pediatric population with serious management at hospital.

PMID:
16716576
DOI:
10.1016/j.arcped.2006.04.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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