Respiratory Infections | Viral Infections (without HIV) | Methods for Diagnostic & Therapeutic Studies | Respiratory Pediatrics
Is risk of respiratory syncytial virus mediated apnea enough reason to admit an infant?
Barbara Zen*, Carlos Sabogal
*Corresponding author: Barbara Zen
Division of Pediatrics, Arnold Palmer Hospital, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL, USA
F1000Posters 2011, 2: 657 (poster) [ENGLISH]
Poster [793.66 KB]
American Thoracic Society 2011 International Conference, 13 - 18 May 2011, A4932
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection occurs in over 50% of young infants. Apnea is an associated risk of RSV and is one of the leading causes of hospitalization in young infants with RSV.
We want to identify risk factors in young infants infected with RSV that increase their risk of apnea and subsequent admission.
Our study shows that prematurity, age less than two months and early presentation (less than two days of disease) are risk factors for RSV associated apnea. Apnea was the earliest sign of RSV infection. We had a lower incidence of apnea than reported in the literature (4% vs 20%). We speculate this lower incidence of apnea is related to the use of palivizumab prophylaxis.
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