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Closer follow up needed on child pneumonia patients

Children admitted to hospital with community-acquired pneumonia have continuing respiratory problems and must be followed up more closely, a UK study suggests.

Researchers followed up 103 young patients, aged five years on average, who were admitted to hospital in Newcastle. These children were 2.4 times more likely to have persistent cough and 5.5 times more likely to have an abnormal chest shape than controls.

Those with an atopic parent had a 7% deficit in FEV1 and a 4.4% deficit in FVC, although no increased risk of subsequent asthma. The researchers said there was a lack of recommendations for follow-up.

Arch Dis Child 2008, 1 April early online publication

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