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Study shows that oral steroids are no more effective than placebo for viral wheeze in children

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7423.1066-a (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1066
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    A short course of oral steroids is no more effective than placebo in reducing respiratory symptoms in children with viral wheeze and in reducing hospital admissions, a randomised trial has shown (Lancet 2003 ;362: 1433-8).

    The study involved more than 200 children aged between one and five years who had been admitted to hospital with severe viral wheezing. They were randomised to a five day course of the oral steroid prednisolone (20 mg once daily …

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