Sputum Induction in Children Is Feasible and Useful in a Bustling General Hospital Practice

Ingeborg Y Bart, Mariëlle Mourits, René van Gent, Maarten H van Leuken, Mirrian Hilbink, Peter C Wever, Adilia Warris

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Abstract

We prospectively studied the feasibility and effectiveness of sputum induction in obtaining good quality sputum and its subsequent bacterial yield in children with clinically suspected acute lower-respiratory-tract infection (aLRTI). Good quality sputum was collected in 89/98 (91%) patients. Sputum cultures revealed ≥1 bacterial pathogens in 22 cases (25%). Adverse events were infrequent and mild (6%). Sputum induction is feasible in young children and leads to an increased number of etiological diagnoses of aLRTI.

Original languageEnglish
Article number: 2333794X16636504
JournalGlobal pediatric health
Volume3
Early online date4 Mar 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • child
  • sputum induction
  • acute lower respiratory tract infection
  • bacterial pathogens
  • thoracic X-ray

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