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Type: Journal article
Title: Mycoplasma pneumoniae: acute illness, antibiotics, and subsequent pulmonary function
Author: Sabato, A.
Martin, A.
Marmion, B.
Kok, T.
Cooper, D.
Citation: Archives of Disease in Childhood, 1984; 59(11):1034-1037
Publisher: BMJ Publishing
Issue Date: 1984
ISSN: 0003-9888
1468-2044
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A R Sabato, A J Martin, B P Marmion, T W Kok, and D M Cooper
Abstract: One hundred and eight children presenting with Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection were assessed during the acute illness and followed for three years. The incidence of wheezing with the acute infection (40%) was greater than expected in a normal childhood population. The initial illness precipitated wheezing for the first time in some subjects but others wheezed only with the acute illness. In non-asthmatic subjects significant bronchodilator responsiveness was present one month after infection. Children given erythromycin during the first seven days of their illness had a significantly shorter fever duration compared with those treated inappropriately. No significant effects of treatment were noted on pulmonary function three years later but non-asthmatic children had abnormal mean forced expiratory volume in one second and forced expiratory flow after 50% of the expired vital capacity compared with 64 healthy controls. These findings indicate impaired function three years after initial infection.
Keywords: Lung; Pneumonia, Mycoplasma; Asthma
Rights: © BMJ
RMID: 0030075220
DOI: 10.1136/adc.59.11.1034
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