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Bronchopneumonia with Serious Sequelae in Children with Evidence of Adenovirus Type 21 Infection

Br Med J 1969; 1 doi: (Published 11 January 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:73
  1. W. R. Lang,
  2. C. W. Howden,
  3. Jocelyn Laws,
  4. J. F. Burton


    Twenty-five cases of severe pneumonitis occurring among children aged 3 to 18 months were observed in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1965. An apparent relationship was established between a uniform disease picture and recovery of adenovirus type 21. Two died, and of the survivors 60% had permanent lung damage, probably resulting from obliterative bronchiolitis. Twenty per cent. were left with proved bronchiectasis. The possible relationships of adenovirus pneumonia to malnutrition or a genetic factor on the one hand and to the development of bronchiectasis on the other are discussed.