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Inhaled corticosteroids in wheezing associated with viral infection in schoolchildren

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7130.554a (Published 14 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:554

Meaning of “wheezing associated with viral infection” needs to be defined

  1. P Ehrhardt, Consultant paediatriciana
  1. a Burnley General Hospital, Burnley BB10 2PQ
  2. b Cystic Fibrosis/Respiratory Unit, Department of Child Health, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF4 4XW

    Editor—After reading Doull et al's paper about the effect of inhaled corticosteroids on episodes of wheezing associated with viral infection in school age children I was left with several questions.

    Firstly, why did the authors use beclomethasone, when Allen and Hanburys is at pains to let paediatricians know that fluticasone is more effective?

    Secondly, why did the authors use the Diskhaler, when Allen and Hanburys is at pains to let paediatricians know that the Accuhaler is more effective?

    Thirdly, was the inhaler technique checked in any of the children? …

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