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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 Aug;31(8):863-5. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e318257f8ec.

Frequency and trajectory of abnormalities in respiratory rate, temperature and oxygen saturation in severe pneumonia in children.

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Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University, Boston, MA 02118, USA. rasa@bu.edu

Abstract

The frequency or trajectory of vital sign abnormalities in children with pneumonia has not been described. In a cohort of 2714 patients with severe pneumonia identified and treated as per the World Health Organization definition and recommendations, tachypnea, fever and hypoxia were found in 68.9%, 23.6% and 15.5% of children, respectively. Median oxygen saturation returned to a normal range by 10 hours following initiation of treatment, followed by temperature at 12 hours and respiratory rate at 22 hours for subjects <12 months and at 48 hours for those ≥ 12 months of age.

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PMC3399926
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10.1097/INF.0b013e318257f8ec
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