Respiratory viruses and atypical bacteria triggering severe asthma exacerbation in children.
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Abstract1. Respiratory viruses and atypical bacteria were detected in 51.0% of Hong Kong children with asthma exacerbations, which was significantly higher than the detection rate of 27.3% in children with chronic stable asthma. 2. Co-infections of two or more respiratory pathogens were more commonly found in children with asthma exacerbations (10.7%) than in patients with stable asthma (2.6%). 3. Human rhinovirus infection was a significant risk factor for asthma exacerbations. 4. There was no significant association between the severity of asthma exacerbations and respiratory viral or atypical bacterial infections. 5. Routine use of macrolide antibiotics in the treatment of childhood asthma exacerbations should be discouraged.
All Author(s) ListLeung T.F., Chan P.K., Wong G.W., Fok T.F., Ng P.C.
Journal nameHong Kong Medical Journal
Volume Number19 Suppl 4
PublisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Pages11 - 14
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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