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Respiratory 

Respiratory
Chapter:
Respiratory
Author(s):

Stuart Crisp

and Jo Rainbow

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199605538.003.0010
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date: 06 May 2021

Assessment 196

Stridor 202

Wheeze 210

Asthma 211

Other causes of wheeze 216

Tachypnoea 219

Cough 225

Whooping cough 227

Haemoptysis 229

Further reading 230

Respiratory illnesses make up the bulk of paediatric admissions to hospital. Most are mild and self-limiting, requiring little if any intervention. However, the differential is wide and includes serious diseases that may rapidly deteriorate if not managed expertly. Taking an appropriately detailed history, whilst performing a rapid initial assessment to pick out those who are worryingly unwell, requires a systematic, but flexible approach....

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