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Paediatric asthma: diagnosis

Steve Turner

in Asthma

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199638918
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199638918.003.0010

Series: Oxford Respiratory Medicine Library

Paediatric asthma: diagnosis

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• Viral induced wheeze is the most common differential diagnosis for wheeze in children • It is important to clarify the true nature of ‘wheeze’ since rattle, stridor and stertor will all be reported as wheeze by parents • There is no diagnostic test for childhood asthma but negative allergy tests may be useful in lowering the likelihood of an asthma diagnosis • It may be appropriate to adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ policy or 2-month trial of low dose inhaled steroids in equivocal cases • Chronic respiratory problems are common in children and are usually not due to asthma, especially in children aged under 2 years.

Chapter.  1338 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology ; Paediatrics

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